LIMA — Each year for the past five years, 6th Ward Lima Councilor Derry Glenn offered up $1,000 to anyone who can help solve a cold-case murder.
“This came about after my best friend John Bryan got murdered. It’s been a long time now — over 20 years. So we will continue making sure that our police department, our detective department, continue investigating unsolved murders,” Glenn said. “With this being a small community, I’m thinking that we should be able to solve some of these murders.
Glenn’s list of unsolved murders he wants to be solved includes the deaths of Tara Cutlip (April 5, 2013), Markess Hogan (Sept. 12, 2009), Orlando Lawrence (Dec. 2, 2016), James Mallory (Aug. 17, 2010), Tavares Meeks (Dec. 18, 2021), Rhiannon Rhodes (March 6, 2015), Quantez Tennant (June 11, 2014).
“I know every one of them. My family grew up with them,” Glenn said.
The $1,000 reward from Glenn is good through Dec. 20.
“A lot of you know who commits crime, but you ain’t saying nothing about it. These are our friends. These are our family members,” Glenn said. “We all grew up in this community together. All of us know one another.”
But if the past is any indication, he’ll probably have that $1,000 after that, as for many, $1,000 won’t be enough.
“It should be more,” Glenn said. “I wish I could get $10,000 or $20,000. I decided to put my own money up because I’m concerned.”
Glenn says he’s not blaming the Lima Police Department for not doing enough.
“I know their hands are tied on a lot of things. Do we need somebody specialized in cold cases? That’s what we got to look at,” Glenn said.
Glenn would like to see a detective concentrate on just cold cases for a specific period of time in hopes of making some progress.
“Maybe three or four months a year to just look at cold cases,” Glenn said.
Anyone with information on any of the cold case murders is urged to contact the Lima Police Department at 419-227-4444.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.