Crime

Canyon County develops new PSA to get tips on unsolved Notus killing

Christopher Reese
Christopher Reese

Canyon County deputies are still working to solve the December murder of a Notus convenience store clerk, and Sheriff Kieran Donahue will debut a 30-second video Wednesday in hopes of generating fresh tips in the case.

Donahue will ask local broadcast stations to play the video as a public service announcement.

“This crime was cold-blooded, senseless and shouldn’t have happened, and our detectives continue to follow every lead,” Donahue said in a news release Friday. “If this video can help lead us to that one key piece of information that helps identify those responsible, it’s worth creating a new version. We hope it brings the victim’s family and this community the justice they deserve.”

A two-minute re-enactment video, backed by CrimeStoppers, was released in July and has been featured on social media and the Justice Network. Donahue said he hopes the shorter PSA will reach more people by getting airtime on local TV stations.

The sheriff will unveil the new PSA at 11 a.m. Wednesday, accompanied by a short statement from the family of Christopher Reese, the 25-year-old father who was slain during the early-morning robbery of the Jacksons store on U.S. 20/26 on the east side of Notus.

Surveillance video showed two masked gunmen enter the store, shoot Reese then haul away the store's safe using a hand truck.

Jacksons Food Stores offered a $50,000 reward in addition to the $1,000 reward offered by Crime Stoppers of Southwest Idaho for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the killers.

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