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Reward Offered in Murders of 3 Elderly Women in San Bernardino

sb-murdersSAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (KTLA) — Officials are hoping a reward will help with their investigation into the murders of three elderly women within the last seven years.

Family and friends of Mary Beth Blaskey, Wanda Lee Paulin and Josephine Frances Kelly gathered with San Bernardino police Monday to announce a $10,000 reward offered in each case to find the killer or killers of the women who were murdered in their own homes.

If someone were to come forward with information that solved all three cases, they would be entitled to a $30,000 reward, according to authorities.

Investigators didn’t say how the women died, but did say they don’t believe the cases are related.

“It’s not possible to convey the depth of our sorrow & sadness of losing our mom,” Blaskey’s son Dirck said Monday.

Wanda Lee Paulin’s body was found by her daughter Joanne Ballard.

Ballard is hoping the state of California will increase the reward. “I’ve started a letter campaign to Governor Brown to increase the reward to $50,000,” Ballard said.

Ballard, whose grandfather was once in charge of the San Bernardino Sheriff’s homicide division, hopes a hefty reward will lead to justice.

“I never thought it would happen to me. If it could happen to me, it could happen to anyone,” said Ballard.

The reward is a combination of money donated by the San Bernardino Police Association and money seized from drug dealers.

Detectives are asking anyone with information on these murders to call the San Bernardino Police Department.

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