$15,000 Reward Hopes to Bring Closure to Unsolved Murder

Tuesday September 9, 2014 marks the 40th anniversary of the unsolved murder of 16-year-old Mary Ann Becker of Atkinson, IL. Henry County Crime Stoppers is today announcMary Ann Beckering a new reward of $15,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case. This is in addition to the normal reward offered by Crime Stoppers of up to $1000 for information leading to an arrest. Despite all law enforcement efforts, including a multi-agency task force formed at the time it happened, this case remains unsolved.

Mary Ann Becker was found dead inside her home on the evening of Monday, September 9, 1974. The crime stunned the quiet town of Atkinson, IL. Mary Ann Becker, who was described as a shy, quiet, and intelligent high school honors student, was buried on Thursday, Sept 12, 1974.

The Illinois State Police, in cooperation with several local and county agencies, is actively investigating Mary Ann’s murder, and anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call Henry County Crime Stoppers at 800-227-2324. All calls to Crime Stoppers are confidential. Information on this case can also be viewed on the Illinois State Police website available at http://www.isp.state.il.us under “Crime – Unsolved Crimes.” Mary Ann Becker is the oldest case, listed at the bottom of the page.

Attention News Outlets: please contact the Illinois State Police, the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, or the Atkinson Police Department for further comment on this story. Crime Stoppers has no further information on this case beyond what is provided above.

Galva Shooting Investigation Continues

Local authorities are continuing their investigation into a late night shooting incident that occurred at around 11:00 PM on Friday, December 28, 2012 at 417 E. Division St. in Galva, IL. Two victims were transported to the hospital following  the incident. One has since been released and the other is still hospitalized. 
One suspect has been arrested in connection with this incident. Otha T. Anderson, 24, who lists an address of Billings, MT but who has reportedly lived in this area, was arrested on Sunday in Knox County on a charge of Home Invasion. Anderson was reportedly also being treated for injuries from this incident at a Galesburg hospital.
The Galva Police Department was assisted by the Henry County Sheriff’s Office and the Illinois State Police, both of whom are continuing to assist with the investigation.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Henry County Crime Stoppers at 800-227-2324. All calls to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and if your tip leads to a felony arrest you could be eligible for a cash reward.