The FAQ: The Murder of Anastasia WitbolsFeugen
What happened to the reward offered in Anastasia's murder?
The Jackson County Sheriff's Department originally offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Anastasia's killer; this is a standard amount offered in most cases. John Bruton, Justin Bruton's step-father, added another $9,000 to the amount, increasing it to $10,000.1 Robert WitbolsFeugen, Anastasia's father, added another $5,000 to it, bringing it to $15,000.2,3 That additional amount was not renewed after 2000, so the reward amount reverted to $10,000 and was so when Byron Case was arrested.Top of page
The reward went unclaimed. Contrary to accusations made by Case before trial and some of his supporters since the trial, Kelly Moffett, who was the state's eyewitness in the trial, did not apply for, nor did she receive a penny of the reward. Current claims by Case's supporters are that she was simply ineligible for the reward, having contacted the Prosecutor's Office instead of the TIPS Hotline, but the truth remains that she did not seek the reward at all, period.4,5