Reward Upped To $15,000 For Tips In Michigan Woman's Mysterious Murder

WWJ News
January 17, 2020 - 11:57 am
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ELLSWORTH TWP. (WWJ/AP) - Michigan State Police hope a bigger reward could bring in a tip to help them solve a mysterious two-year-old murder case. 

Officials said $15,000 is now being offered for information leading to an arrest in the death of Evelyn Louise Ware in Michigan's northwestern Lower Peninsula.

Ware's remains were found Jan. 10, 2018, in the rubble of her burned home at 1487 Lakola Road in Ellsworth Township, southwest of Cadillac. 

Evelyn Ware
Evelyn Ware (File)
The Lake County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled the 79-year-old woman's death a homicide, but investigators have not said how she died. 

With no new information about who may have killed Ware, or why, police are once again reaching out to the public.

The reward stood at $5,000 since shortly after the fire, with the additional funding coming from an anonymous donor and the Detroit Crimes Commission.

Police stress that any tip, no matter how tiny, could help. 

“The public is reminded that what may seem to be a minor or insignificant piece of information can lead to a significant breakthrough in an investigation," police said, in a media release. 

Ware was a retired bus driver and Director of Transportation in the Pine River School district for 30 years.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call can call the MSP Mount Pleasant Post at 989-773-5951 or the Cadillac Area Silent Observer at 231-779-9215 or 1-800-528-8234. Tips may also be submitted online at this link.