Police hope a $2,500 reward will generate information regarding the murder of a Statesboro teen whose body was found Saturday at Luetta Moore Park.
Since the victim is a juvenile, age 16, Statesboro police did not release the boy's name, but a flyer sent to the police and also distributed widely over social media lists the victim as James Mikell Jr.
The flyer, which lists an incorrect age for Mikell, reads: "Call to action — Looking for the killer of James Mikell Jr. … Do you know who killed him?"
Statesboro police Deputy Chief Rob Bryan said police do not know who generated the flyer.
Around 7 a.m. Saturday, police responded to Luetta Moore Park on Martin Luther King Drive regarding a "male subject that had sustained gunshot wounds" who was "pronounced dead at the scene by the Bulloch County Coroner's Office," said Statesboro police Chief Mike Broadhead in a statement released Saturday afternoon.
Bryan said Monday there is a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrests of persons responsible for Mikell's homicide.
The teen was shot "more than once," he said. An autopsy was performed Monday at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab in Savannah, but aside from the cause of death being gunshots, further information is pending test results, he said.
As of Monday afternoon, police could not state whether the shooting was drug or gang related. Detectives are continuing to follow leads and hope someone with information will come forward, he said.
Anyone with information concerning this case is asked to contact Senior Detective Ben Purvis at (912) 764-9911.
Anonymous tips may be made online at www.tipsoft.com or by sending the text "TIPSSPD" followed by the message to 274637 (CRIMES). All information is strictly confidential, he said.
Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.