Sheriff’s office: Notus homicide not closer to being solved, but community providing daily tips

The Canyon County Sheriff's Office is taking in daily tips regarding the murder of a Notus store clerk on Dec. 17, according to Capt. Dana Maxfield.

"We have literally hundreds of tips we're going through. We have thousands of hours tied up in this case," Maxfield said. "By no means is this a cold case."

Christopher Reese, 25, of Notus, was shot to death while working his shift at the Jacksons convenience store. Deputies have since released store surveillance video that showed two masked men enter the store, one carrying an assault rifle and the other carrying a dolly that was used to haul away the store's safe. The safe and Reese's stolen vehicle were found 4 miles east of the store.

The two masked men have not been identified.

"We are no closer today to solving that homicide to the day it happened as far as having a suspect," Maxfield said. "We've still got a lot of things going on with the case. We have items that are being checked with forensics."

The community has been active in contributing information to the sheriff's office, he said.

"(I have) nothing but praise for the community and the amount of information they've been able to give us," Maxfield said.

While they don't have suspects, investigators have ideas of how the murder happened, he said.

"There are several different theories as to what happened based on tips we received," Maxfield said.

People with information on the case are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS. Jacksons Food Stores is offering a $50,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest in the case.