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Reward offered in search for murder suspect Leroy Headley

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Published: Jul. 30, 2018 at 2:30 PM EDT
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The search continues for an accused murderer nearly three months after police say he gunned down his partner. Now, police are turning to you for help.

The South Burlington Police chief now says the U.S. Marshals Service has stepped in to help hunt Leroy Headley down and they're even offering a new cash reward for information.

Monday, police also talked about how this whole ordeal has impacted the family of the victim, Anako "Annette" Lumumba.

"The Lumumba family wants to know how long Mr. Headley wants them to suffer wondering where he is and if he might come back to harm them," South Burlington Police Det. Chris Bataille said.

That message was given to police from Lumumba's family.

"The children have nightmares and difficulties sleeping, and they know that nothing can bring back Annette, but they seek some sort of closure to the horror of all this," Bataille said.

Police say the 33-year-old South Burlington mother was killed by her partner, Leroy Headley, who has been on the run since her death nearly three months ago.

"To this day, his current whereabouts remain unknown," South Burlington Police Chief Trevor Whipple said.

Whipple believes someone knows something.

"Somebody's allowing him to stay at their house, their apartment. They're helping him to get food, they're helping him to get the essentials of life," Whipple said. "Now, certainly if he was in a much larger community than South Burlington, perhaps he could blend in."

Now, the U.S. Marshals Service is offering a reward of $5,000 to anyone who has information leading to Headley's arrest.

Police released two new images of Headley, which they say are recent. But there has still been no sign of him. His car was found in Albany, New York, May 18 and police say they are still searching as if he is alive.

"We will continue to search until we find him in whatever condition that might be. We hope alive, but if he's deceased, we will continue to search until we find him deceased," Whipple said.

Police say Headley is still dangerous in whatever community he may be hiding out in and is currently accused of not only murder but sex crimes against children.

Lumumba's family and police hope he is found soon.

"Each day that he is at large brings them fresh worry and fear," Bataille said.

Police really are turning now to the public for any help with this case and to bring closure to the victim's family. If you have any information, you are urged to contact police immediately.