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June 3--  Five years ago this week, 49-year-old Chris Wiggins was shot and killed during an armed robbery at his convenience store in Santa Claus.

chriswigginsSince then the CrimeStoppers reward in the case has grown to $7,384 with another $2,000 pledged by a family member for information leading to an arrest.

Toombs County Sheriff Junior Kight hopes somebody will step up with what he calls the "missing pieces of the puzzle."

"You know money moves people a lot of the time.  When we started this case, we didn't have a lot to go on.  It was like putting a puzzle together with a lot of missing pieces.  We feel like there are some folks out there who have these pieces and we could put that puzzle together if they would just come forward.  This is a murder-robbery case and sometimes people are scared to speak out.  I hope that somebody's got it in their heart and that one of these days it will touch them and they'll come forward to give us the pieces we need to solve this case," Sheriff Kight said.

Chris' mother, Dale, keeps a jar on the counter in her store where customers still drop in change to help build the reward. 

"It's almost like everybody remembers when it happened. I've had I don't know how many people to ask me in the last few weeks, 'Have they heard anything, do I know anything?'  I say 'no,' but you know, we all know somebody out there knows who did it.  There were two people who went in the store that night and they've got friends and their friends have got friends, so there's no telling how many people know it.," she said.

No matter what, Mrs. Wiggins says she'll never give up, "Somebody's going to have to come forward.  It might be ten years from now, but I hope not. They might be scared to come forward, but I believe eventually somebody will."

Chris Wiggins would have celebrated his 55th birthday next week.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 912-386-4480 or the Toombs County Sheriff's Office at 526-6778.  You do not have to give your name.