A reward of $7,500 is waiting to be claimed by an anonymous tipster who helped detectives solve the murder of a man in Temple Hills in March, according to Lt. William Alexander, Prince George's County police spokesman.
Prince George's Police agree the tip helped them put Aaron Carroll, 24, behind bars in the killing of Delonte Michael McCray, 18, of Suitland. However, Crime Solvers doesn't know who to pay, according to Alexander. Carroll was sentenced to 30 years in prison.
Prince George's County Crime Solvers, Inc. voted Wednesday, agreeing the tip was reward-worthy. Now it's up to the tipster to claim it, according to Alexander.
That's the nature of keeping the process anonymous, he explained. It's the same for all crimes closed with the assistance of anonymous tipsters, according to Alexander.
Sources have three ways to provide information to the police Crime Solvers representative without revealing their identities—by calling, texting or uploading it to a web tips site. This generates an identification number known only to the person providing the tip and the police representative, Alexander said.
Although the process ensures anonymity, Crime Solvers has no way to follow up with the reward.
"It's possible that person may never get the reward," Alexander said, adding that the tipster may not be aware that they just earned $7,500, and won't call.
The case connected to the reward goes back to March 2. That's when McCray was discovered lying on the roadway in the 2600 block of Keating Street suffering from a gunshot wound, according to police. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead on March 3, police stated.
Carroll, of the 2700 block of Keating Street, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, according to Alexander. On Sept. 25, Judge Sean Wallace sentenced Carroll to 30 years, according to court records.
Crime Solvers then determined the value of the tip. The amount of the rewards is determined by the severity of crime and how helpful the tip was in helping detectives solve the case, according to Alexander.