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Crime rewards usually come from private sources
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Why is the reward fund in the Lula shooting case so much more than the reward in the still unsolved murder case of Hannah Truelove?

Reward funds are typically set up by private groups such as families, friends, churches or businesses, according to Sgt. Stephen Wilbanks with the Hall County Sheriff’s Office.

In the case of the May 23 Lula shooting that injured Laurien Marsh, family members came forward to offer a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case, according to the sheriff’s office.

In the case of Hannah Truelove, a Gainesville High School student found dead Aug. 24, Gov. Nathan Deal signed an executive order authorizing a $1,000 reward for the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible.

The sheriff’s office is not involved in collecting or distributing the reward funds but publicizes the fund “in the hope that it will produce information that could lead to closing a case,” Wilbanks said.

The sheriff’s office recommends that whoever is administering the fund obtain documentation of a conviction.

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