There is now a $10,000 award available in connection with the unsolved murder of South Dakota mother and realtor, who was shot to death nine months ago in front of her children on a road trip.
“It’s been nine months since Melissa was murdered,” the Missouri State Highway Patrol Tweeted on Friday, referencing the unsolved Melissa Peskey case. “Through fundraising efforts, her family & friends are now offering a $10,000 reward.
Peskey was driving on I-70 near Booneville, Missouri, with her two children on Dec. 18, when she was shot and killed, the highway patrol said.
Initially, investigators thought that the mother was in a single-car crash, but further investigation, including an autopsy, "indicate that the victim died of a gunshot wound, from a weapon fired from outside the vehicle," Sgt. Scott White, public information and education officer for the Missouri State Highway Patrol, told Oxygen.com at the time.
Peskey was found dead in the driver's seat of the car, but the children — ages 5 and 11 at the time — survived and are now in foster care, FOX 2 of St. Louis reported.
While investigators received more than 65 leads in connection with the mysterious shooting as of late last year, no suspects have ever been named.
"This has not been an accident," White told Missouri outlet KOMU-TV."This was not an accidental shooting, where someone was hunting and accidentally shot across the interstate."
The slain mother’s sister, Kara Renken, told the station “someone knows something.”
Pesky worked as a realtor at Keller Williams Realty. Her husband, Ryan Peskey, told KELO-TV in Sioux Falls last year that he was considered a “person of interest" in his wife's death, but authorities never confirmed that.
Keller Williams Realty has been raising money for the slain mom's two children, according to a February Sioux Falls Argus Leader report.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol is urging anyone with information to call (573) 751-1000.
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