Georgia Bureau of Investigation special agents hope an increase of reward money will prompt citizens in the know to help solve November, 2010 murder of Harrison Wayne Olliff. The reward is now $10,000, said Bulloch County Sheriff Lynn Anderson.
The 21-year-old was last seen at his home the morning after Thanksgiving. On Dec. 7, 2010, his body was found near his truck in a Candler County field.
Few details are being released about the case since the investigation is ongoing. The GBI, Bulloch County Sheriff’s investigators and the Candler County Sheriff’s Department have been working together since Olliff’s disappearance to solve the case. Together, all three agencies are offering the reward. Initially the sum was $2,000.
Investigators have not disclosed how Olliff was killed, but have ruled it homicide.
Linda Olliff, the victim’s mother said in a previous press conference that she understands that such investigations take time, but hopes someone will come forward with information.
“I know it hasn’t been forgotten,” she said, referring to the months-old case that has not yielded any public information. “I talk to the GBI and sheriff’s office every week. I know they’re working on it.”
When asked what she would like to say to anyone with information about her son’s murder, she begged “Please call and give the information to (law enforcement). Any information will be appreciated. We love our son very much. Please call.”
Bulloch County Sheriff Lynn Anderson said he is confident there is someone withholding information about this case and hopes the increased reward will motivate them to talk.
“We know there is a person or persons who were there that night who need to step forward,” he said. All calls with information will be kept confidential – callers won’t have to be concerned about their identities being revealed, he said.
“This is a solvable case,” said Micah Ward, former GBI special agent-in-charge who has worked on the case. “Just a couple pieces of the puzzle are missing. Any information, no matter how large or small it may be, they need to call it in. We’re missing a couple of critical parts, and as soon as we get them, we’re going to move forward and make an arrest.”
Harrison Olliff left his home early the Friday after Thanksgiving, telling a friend he may be headed to Cobbtown. His body was discovered several days later near his silver pickup truck in a field near Excelsior.
Anyone with information is asked to contact GBI Special Agent Barry Thompson at (912) 871-1121 or Bulloch County Sheriff’s Inv. Jared Akins at (912) 764-1789.
Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.