The Winter Park Police Department announced today that it doubled the reward for information in the case of Stephanie Edwards, who went missing in 2010.
The reward increased to $10,000 in the case that was the subject of this recent column about the scant attention some missing persons receive from the media and law enforcement.
Edwards went missing in May of 2010, but her case didn't make the news for nearly a month. And attention fell off shortly after.
That's a big difference from the attention the young and attractive Michelle Parker, who went missing in November, has received.
Police Det. Jeff Harris said his department conducted searches for Edwards as recently as last week, but they turned up empty. He said the recent column prompted renewed interest in the case.
"With the resurgence of this case in the media we felt this was the best time to increase the reward, keep the case in the public eye and generate interest," he said.
Crimeline offers rewards up to $5,000. The Winter Park Police department is guaranteeing the other half of the reward, something it has done in just one other case.
People with information in the case can call Crimeline anonymously at 800-423-TIPS and be eligible to receive up to $10,000.