Turner family offers $100,000 reward

By Suzanne Mackey

News Star Reporter

The family of Chanda Turner is offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in her death.

The reward was announced during a press conference held by the family, in conjunction with the Garvin County Sheriff’s Office, at the courthouse on Wednesday.

“Please, if you have any information about this, please come forward. Now is the time,” Chanda’s mother, Donna Turner, said through tears, as she held a poster featuring a photograph of her daughter and advertising the reward.

“All we’ve ever wanted was the truth. That’s all, just the truth,” Chanda’s father, Joe Turner, added.

Turner died of a gunshot wound to the chest at a rural residence outside of Pauls Valley in July of 2000. Her death was originally classified as a suicide by the Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s Office.

Her family has contested that ruling for the last 12 years, asking for her official cause of death to be changed and the case to be re-examined.

That battle came to an end last month, when the medical examiner’s office announced they had amended Turner’s cause of death to unknown and Garvin County Sheriff Larry Rhodes reopened the investigation.

“I do know rewards often motivate people to come forward with information, and I do feel there are persons out there who have additional information in this case,” Rhodes said during Wednesday’s press conference.

Anyone with information about the case should contact the Garvin County Sheriff’s Office at 405-238-7591.

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