Reward offered in Dickus murder case

Franklin Police held the news conference Tuesday morning.
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Jeremy Brilliant/Eyewitness News

Franklin - A divorced mother and father sat side by side with a common goal. They and authorities hope the promise of $10,000 will entice someone to come forward with information that may help lead Franklin Police to the killer of Chynna and Blake Dickus.

"To help solve help bring some type of closure", said Christina Dickus, Blake's mother. "It won't bring 'em back, but at least there'll be justice on this."

Franklin Police Chief John Borges said the reward money will come from the department's drug forfeiture program.

"We believe we're going to take money that was intended for bad and do something good with it," Borges said.

After a year of investigating, police still have no suspects but they say they're not back at square one. They are confident someone has information that will lead them to a suspect.

Two weeks ago marked the one-year anniversary since Chynna and Blake were found stabbed in their Franklin home. Police say those who commit murder often behave strangely immediately after the crime and around anniversaries of their victims' deaths.

"You do not know where this person's at, it could be a person further north. You don't know where this person's at. That's the scary part," Christina Dickus said.

Sean Dickus, Chynna's husband and Blake's father, concluded, "We need closure for the community. The community deserves justice but not only that but Chynna and Blake deserve the justice. They were truly innocent and they paid a terrible, terrible price and we need to bring the people that are responsible for this to justice."

"I know that's not an easy thing to do to come forward. But it's the right thing to do," said Borges, referring to the fact that it could be a family member showing those signs.

Police think someone close to the suspect may have noticed the following behavioral changes since July 24, 2006.

  • Unexpectedly leaving the area for a plausible sounding reason (e.g. Work, visiting a distant friend or relative)
  • Missing work or other routine engagements, especially on days near or close to July 24, 2006
  • Unexplained injuries (cuts, bruises, particularly on hands or arms)
  • An unnatural interest in the status of the murder investigation, paying close attention to the media, talking about the incident with family and friends
  • Noted display of nervousness or irritability
  • Increase or decrease in the expression of religions beliefs
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Changes in the usual consumption of alcohol, drugs or cigarettes
  • Sudden shaving of facial or head hair, growing of a mustache, beard etc.
  • No longer using their personal vehicle for any obvious reason. Suddenly keeping the vehicle in a shed or garage, selling it, giving it away.

Call Franklin Police at 317-736-5111 with any information relating to this case.