Utah Crime Solvers awarded $1,000 this week to an informant whose tip led to the arrest of a man suspected of killing a West Valley woman last month.
The informant, whose name is kept anonymous by Crime Solvers, called the Crime Solvers hotline on April 24, two days after Anna Holmes was shot in the head during a robbery at Voyager Video in Kearns.The information was passed along to the sheriff's office. Detectives later arrested Charles Kenneth Hodges, who is charged with capital homicide in the death of Holmes.
Holmes, eight months pregnant, was rushed to University Hospital, where doctors successfully delivered her baby by Caesarean section before she was pronounced dead.
Salt Lake County sheriff's Sgt. Garth Beckstead said his homicide squad received numerous tips through Crime Solvers. "Many of these tips gave possible descriptions and sightings of the suspect as well as his location.
"The tip in this case saved a tremendous amount of time, energy and money in the investigation," said Beckstead.
Crime Solvers executive producer Dan Collett said the reward paid to the informant in the Holmes shooting is just one of several rewards that have been paid to those who have provided police with crime-solving information.
"In the last 21/2 years, Crime Solvers has cleared over 500 felony cases and recovered more than $600,000 in stolen property and narcotics," he said.
Collett said reward monies are generated through tax-deductible contributions from community and business groups.
"Many citizens have contacted and complimented us on the success that Crime Solvers has had," said Collett. "They want to see more crimes solved and inquire as to how they can become involved. Our most important need is raising more reward monies."
Anyone wishing to contribute to the reward fund should contact Collect at 964-2255.