Substantial reward offered in death of teen

The parents of a teen who died on Hwy. 2A last summer have offered a $10,000 reward to anyone who has information that will lead to an arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the death of their son.

Logan Jesse Raymond, 17, of Penhold was found dead on the south side of Hwy. 2A next to the England Way sign on Aug. 12 at about 1:30 a.m.

An autopsy concluded he died of a severe head injury. He also had injuries consistent with hitting the pavement but RCMP have said they aren’t ruling out other circumstances that could have caused his death.

On Jan. 20, Logan’s parents, Kimbal and Tammy Raymond held a press conference to announce the addition of reward money.

“It has been 23 weeks today since our son Logan has been taken from us,” said Tammy. “As a family we are devastated that no one has come forward with the information that we know is out there.”

She added she asks for anyone with information in the case to come forward and call Crime Stoppers or the RCMP.

“I’m not sure how you sleep at night because we don’t,” said Tammy. “Imagine if this was your son or brother. Our lives have forever been changed by this tragedy. We know that we could never bring our son back. But we need closure so that we can begin to heal.”

Buck Buchanan, chair of Crime Stoppers for Central Alberta said anyone with information in the case can call Crime Stoppers. They will have the option to remain anonymous and receive up to $2,000 if their tip leads to an arrest. A tipster can also choose to speak with an investigator in the Raymond case and receive the $10,000 reward if the information they give that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible.

“If a person is interested in the $10,000 they will have to be identified and speak to the investigator,” said Buchanan.

RCMP also continue to seek the public’s help to locate a vehicle that was seen in the area where Logan was found.

Police are describing the vehicle as a small dark grey or blue truck with a matching topper. RCMP added the vehicle had dark windows in the back and no windows on the sides of the topper.

RCMP said it is possibly an older model Ford Ranger with large and prominent red ‘Ford’ lettering on the back tailgate, which appeared indented into the tailgate.

This vehicle was seen in the area of Hwy. 2A near the Word of Life Church in Red Deer on Aug. 12 at around 12:30 a.m. in the southbound lane.

Police said it is not clear what, if any, involvement this vehicle had in this incident. A witness noted this vehicle at the particular time and location but RCMP investigators are hoping to locate it in order to speak with the driver and/or occupants, said police. RCMP adds this truck and occupants are not suspects at this time.

Anyone with information or who may have driven on Hwy. 2A between the hours of 12:15 and 1:20 a.m. the morning in question are asked to call Red Deer rural RCMP at 403-343-5591 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Meanwhile, Mayor Morris Flewwelling has also declared January as Crime Stoppers Month.