MACON COUNTY, Ill. (WCIA) — The weekend of the 32nd Decatur Celebration is being used as a chance for law enforcement to highlight three unsolved crimes in the area.
The sheriff’s office is offering up to $100,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of the person(s) responsible for the murders of Sherry Lewis, Caleb Witty or Timothy Norris.
The reward money is being funded by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation. The reward is only being offered for tips received between 6 pm, Friday, August 4 – midnight, Sunday, August 6.
To claim cash rewards, those with information must use a special hotline set up for these specific cases. A control number will be given to each tipster for the purpose of identification in the event the tip leads to a conviction and the reward is distributed.
“We are committed to the ongoing search for critical evidence needed to close these cases. We have an obligation to the victims’ families and our community to help ensure justice is served,” said Macon County Sheriff Tom Schneider. “Thanks to the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, this new reward money can help identify the perpetrators of these crimes and provide overdue closure.”
On August 5, 1994, realtor Sherry Lewis, 30, was killed during an appointment to show a home on Finch Drive, in Decatur. She was brutally beaten and strangled.
On August 4, 2011, Kalab Witty, 17, and his younger sister were walking home from the Decatur Celebration along Johns Avenue, east of 22nd Street when two males approached them, demanding money. During the confrontation Witty was shot and killed.
On August 13, 2015, Timothy Norris, 36, was shot and killed in the 1500-block of East Walnut, in Decatur. According to police, Norris was found outside, having been shot in the upper-left back around 1:45 am.