$30,000 reward offered for 2014 homicide

Posted at 9:09 AM, Sep 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-28 12:09:42-04

Secret Witness of Kern County is now offering a reward of up to $30,000 for information leading to the arrest and the filing of a complaint against the suspect(s) responsible for the murder of Carl Crawford.

On August 22, 2014, at 8:32 am, Bakersfield Police Officers were dispatched to the report of a homicide at a residence in the 2600 block of Hempstead Lane.

When officers arrived they discovered that an adult female, who identified herself as the girlfriend of a 60-year-old adult male who lives in the residence, found the man obviously deceased inside the residence this morning. Detectives responded to the scene and began an investigation into the man’s death. 

In August of 2015 the reward in this case was increased as a result of a $20,000 donation dedicated for this incident. In August of 2017 an additional $5,000 was donated to assist investigators in solving this investigation.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to call Secret Witness (661) 322-4040, Detective Ken Sporer (661) 326-3535 or the Bakersfield Police Department (661) 327-7111.

The Secret Witness phone line operates 24 hours a day. Secrecy is guaranteed to those who call. Callers will be asked to select a code name and code number when they provide information to Secret Witness. Should additional contact with the caller be necessary, the code name will be published along with a request for the original caller to establish contact.

Once contact is made, the caller will be asked to provide their original code number for verification purposes. The same steps will be taken to pay a reward to the caller. Secret Witness is operated under the direction of an independent, voluntary board of directors representing civic organizations, law enforcement agencies, media outlets, and corporate sponsors.