New billboards seek answers in Notus cold case homicide

New billboards seek answers in Notus cold case homicide
Posted at 1:50 PM, Dec 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-08 15:50:48-05

New electronic Crimestoppers billboards went up Thursday in Ada and Canyon Counties, asking anyone with information on the still-unsolved murder of a Notus convenience store clerk to come forward.

It’s a case that has perplexed investigators for three years.

On December 17, 2014, two masked gunmen entered a Jacksons convenience store in Notus, shot and killed the clerk –- later identified as 25-year-old Christopher Reese -– then used a hand truck to steal the store’s safe. Both the safe and Reese’s stolen vehicle were found several hours later outside Caldwell.

The Canyon County Sheriff’s Office said it has investigated some 500 leads in the case, but the two suspects remain at large.

Store surveillance photos showed one suspect wearing a camouflaged jacket and a gray sweatshirt with a hood. He’s believed to be about six feet tall with a medium build. He was seen carrying an assault rifle at the time of the robbery.

Photos show the second suspect wore jeans and a dark-colored sweatshirt. He was believed to about 5-feet 10-inches tall, also with a medium build. Police said he carried a handgun. 

The new billboards are being displayed through a cooperative effort between Lamar Advertising and Crimestoppers.

Billboards asking for tips originally went up shortly after the killing. Similar billboards also went up in September and December of 2016 and again, most recently, in January of this year, according to Lamar Advertising company spokeswoman Desi Throngard.

Two new billboards are now located in Caldwell on Caldwell Blvd. near Sundance Dodge and on North 21st Ave. near Franklin Road; one in Nampa, on Garrity Lane; and three in Boise: south of the Fairview Avenue/Five Mile Road intersection, on Franklin Road west of Maplegrove Road and of Federal Way, south of Amity, Throngard said.

“The Canyon County Sheriff’s Office believes someone out there knows something that could help us identify and locate these two individuals so we can hold them responsible for their actions and provide some sense of closure to the Reese family,” said Canyon County spokesman Joe Decker.  

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 208-343-COPS or the Canyon County Sheriff’s Office at 208-454-7531.