(KPLR) - The reward in the case of a woman murdered in broad daylight in St. Louis’ Central West End Saturday has grown. Crimestoppers is now offering $31,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the killer of Megan Boken, 23. Boken was a Saint Louis University graduate and former volleyball player, back in town for an alumni game.
The latest influx of cash comes from Washington University’s School of Medicine. It’s added to money already put up by Crimestoppers, ($1000), the Central West End Neighborhood Security Initiative, ($10,000), and an anonymous donor ($10,000).
Jim Whyte, from that Central West End security group, says finding the killer is vital on a number of fronts.
“It’s imperative. It’s a must. Not just for the Central West End Community but for Megan’s family.”
Officials at Crimestoppers are hoping this reward, among the largest ever in St. Louis, will solve this case and put eyes on some of their other cold cases with criminals on the loose. But to win that battle they need to convince tipsters that they won’t be risking themselves by talking to police.
“We never take the caller’s name, Officer Lisa Piscotta said, “or the caller’s number. There’s no caller ID. No voicemail. It’s all completely anonymous.”
Just days before Boken’s killing, Crimestoppers released a series of graphic public service announcements aimed at assuring tipsters they would remain anonymous.
“They’re to the point,” Piscotta said. “I don’t want to say they’re graphic. They’re to the point. Unfortunately we’ve become a little desensitized to crime these days. And we don’t want that to happen.”
Anyone with information on the case can contact Crimestoppers at 866-371-TIPS (8477).
Visitation for Boken is being held Wednesday and funeral services will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at the St. Michael Catholic Church in Wheaton, IL .