There is a renewed focus on finding the killer or killers of a Mt. Sterling man.
Central Ohio Crime Stoppers this week made the murder of 62-year old Jack Burgoon the focus of one of their crimes of the week.
“This was a pretty high-profile case,” said Bill Taylor, president of the Central Ohio Crime Stoppers. “We like to look back at cold cases once in a while.”
Crime Stoppers said there is no new information, but things could have changed over time.
“As time passes, loyalties change,” said Taylor. “Maybe someone who did not want to talk four years ago, may be willing to talk now.”
There is also a series of billboards in central Ohio, asking “Who killed Jack Burgoon?”
Officials said funding for the billboards was donated.
“We don’t want people to forget about this,” said Taylor. ”We want to remind people there is still a reward, up to a maximum of $6,000, for information that leads to the arrest and/or indictment of individuals involved. Maybe that will motivate somebody to come forward.”
In the morning hours of Tuesday, July 13, 2010, Burgoon was found fatally shot in the driveway of his Hicks Road home. Evidence indicates he left his home and made it to his truck before he was shot. Evidence indicates Burgoon was ambushed, but actually saw his killer. Investigators said Burgoon had been shot several times.
Investigators said Burgoon, president of Columbus-based Allied Fabricating & Welding, was killed intentionally, though robbery was not apparently the motive. He was found with his wallet and cell phone intact.
Neighbors heard Burgoon’s dogs barking but did not hear the gunshots that killed him.
Burgoon’s red pickup truck was missing, but was found several hours later on Yankeetown Chenoweth Road, just a few miles from his home.
Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for any information leading to the arrest and/or indictment of the persons responsible for this crime. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (614) 461-TIPS (8477) or go to their website at www.stopcrime.org and e-mail your tip. People can text a tip to “CRIMES” (274637), key word CMH.
Crime Stoppers does not use Caller ID or record telephone conversations. A special coding system protects the identity of the caller. Crime Stoppers also takes calls from persons with information about any felony. Information leading to the arrest and/or indictment of a felony suspect could qualify the caller for a reward as determined by the Crime Stoppers Board of Directors.
For more information on Central Ohio Crime Stoppers, visit stopcrime.org.
Crime Stoppers is a nonprofit 501(c) (3) organization. Reward money comes from private individuals, businesses, and foundations that see Crime Stoppers as an integral tool in the community’s fight against crime. Tax-deductible donations can be sent to Central Ohio Crime Stopper’s, Inc., P.O. Box 16038, Columbus, OH 43216-6038.
Mac Cordell can be reached at (740) 852-1616, ext. 21 or on Twitter @MacCordell.