June 8-- It's been three years since Chris Wiggins was murdered during a holdup of his convenience store in Santa Claus and his family is increasing the reward with the hope that somebody will step forward with information to help close the case.
His mother Dale Wiggins says, "We're not going to let it go. There is a reward and there is a family member who has offered another $2,000 out of his personal account if someone comes forth. That would make the reward over $8,500. Anybody who has any information, we need to know it. You may not think it's important, but it could be important."
Wiggins, shown here with his girlfriend Melanie Powell, was 49 years old at the time of his death and would have been 50 the next week.
Mrs. Wiggins says she's heard nothing lately from investigators, "Alvie (Toombs County Sheriff Junior Kight) was real good when I was in the Santa Claus store to stop by and tell me anything they had found. They did send off some guns they were hopiong to match the bullets recovered in the store from the shooting, but they didn't match. I have been told about some information that's being checked on and whether it's true or not, I don't know, but we'll see."
Sheriff Kight encourages anyone with information to come forward, "I would have thought the reward would have helped and maybe making it higher will get somebody's head spinning. If anybody knows something, please give us a call. We'll keep your name anonymous so we can work this thing out. We'd certainly like to hear from you. We're just waiting on that one bit of information to pull this thing together so we can make an arrest. If they know anything, even if they think its street talk, call us and let us talk to you so we can find out what's going on."
If you know anything about the Chris Wiggins case, call CrimeStoppers at 912-386-4480.