Crime Solvers seeks donations to raise reward in Black Lab case

News Release, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office with David M. Higgins II

Leonardtown, MD-The St. Mary’s County Crime Solvers Board is seeking donations from the public to increase the reward for information leading to the arrest or indictment of the person or persons responsible for a recent animal cruelty case. 

On July 14, 2019, two beheaded black lab dogs were found off of Parlett Morgan Road in Mechanicsville. The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office’s Criminal Investigations Division is actively investigating the incident and Sheriff Tim Cameron said he wants this horrific case solved. 

Donations for this specific investigation and in general can be sent to: 

  • St. Mary’s County Crime Solvers, Inc. 
  • PO Box 221 
  • Mechanicsville, MD 20659 

Kim Carter Summy, whose property the dogs were found on, started a GoFundMe to get the reward money higher. Over the course of several weeks, the fundraiser brought in the goal of $5000.00. Community members also contributed:

  • St Mary’s Animal Welfare League donated $1000 directly to Crime Solvers
  • Calvert County Commissioner Kelly McConkey from Calvert collected $2700( supposed to be given directly to St. Mary’s Crime Solvers)

The original reward was up to $1000.00 in the original police statement. The total is now up to approximately $9700.00.

St. Mary’s County Crime Solvers is a non-profit organization run by volunteers that assist the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office in helping to solve crimes committed in St. Mary’s County. 

St. Mary’s County Crime Solvers is not funded by any government entity; it is funded solely by fundraisers and contributions. 

There is currently more than $2,000 available in reward money for this case and Crime Solvers is asking the public for more donations to help bring the culprit or culprits to justice. 

Tips can anonymously be made by calling 301-475-3333 or by texting a tip to “TIP239” plus their message to “CRIMES” (274637).

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