CLEARWATER, Fla. - After 16 days of searching for her son's killer, the strain on Renee Langfrtiz's face was crystal clear. Despite media coverage and a Crime Stoppers reward, Langfritz and Clearwater Police are hardly closer to solving the brutal stabbing murder of Jason Paul as he rode home on a bike from his job at Tiger Direct.
So Langfritz has taken to generating more tips herself in a way she hopes will inspire those keeping silent to come forward.
Her family is offering $10,000 for information leading to an arrest of the killer.
"Someone out there knows something. Someone saw something. They have to come forward," Langfritz said.
Investigators said they had followed leads that came in shortly after the murder on January 6, but they haven't resulted in an arrest. Detective William Hodgson said he expects another wave of tips because of the dramatic increase in reward money.
"We just hope there are leads we can follow," Hodgson said.
Langfritz had already gone door to door in the neighborhood near Crest Lake Park where her son was attacked. She posted signs with the reward information and a picture of her son. But it hasn't been enough.
"That's why we raised the money," Langfritz said. "Hopefully that will be enough incentive to get someone to hear out pleas and understand the heartache and the hurt that we're going through for something that was so senseless," she said.
In the two weeks following Paul's death, Langfritz was asked how she handles the pain of dealing with the loss of a child.
"Not very well," Langfritz said. "The thing that keeps me going is the determination to find out who did this," she said.
"And that's the only thing that gets me through the day."
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