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Bakersfield Police asking for assistance, funds needed for Secret Witness hotline

Posted at 4:57 PM, Oct 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-11 19:57:41-04

Bakersfield Police are asking for the communities assistance to boost the reward money numbers for the Secret Witness Hotline. 

Officials said that the fund is 100 percent donation based and used to hold a fundraiser for the hotline, but stopped about four years ago.

At Tuesday's Board of Supervisors meeting, the mothers of the "Bakersfield Three", which consists of two missing persons and one murder victim, demanded more reward money and attention to their children's cases.

However, authorities say there is only $1,500 in their general fund. Certain cases have money given directly to them, like the $20,000 reward for information in the killing of Kason Guyton.

Other cases rely on cash from the general fund only.

BPD Captain Jason Matson spoke to 23ABC today who says that the communities help is needed to help bring these cases to a close. 

BPD said that the last time someone was paid from sending in a tip to the secret witness hotline was December 2015. The department said they could not release an amount or case specifics, but that it was from a homicide case years earlier.