Family Of Slain Fort Riley Soldier Offers Reward

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RILEY COUNTY, Kan. (WIBW) -- The family of a Fort Riley soldier that was shot and killed in Ogden is doing what they can to help bring his killer to justice.

Relatives of Sergeant Ronald Evans Taylor are personally offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case. The information and sketch of the suspect was posted on a billboard along Fort Riley Boulevard in Manhattan Friday.

Taylor, a 28-year-old Army X-Ray technician and father of a young boy, was shot to death Friday October 14th, 2011 just a few blocks away from where he lived off post in Ogden.

After he was shot, Taylor’s white Dodge Neon slammed into a house on Walnut Street, lodging into the structure. When officers pulled up, they found neighbors trying to help Taylor and giving him CPR. He was rushed to Irwin Army Community Hospital on Fort Riley where he was pronounced dead. Authorities are not releasing where Taylor was shot or how many times he was shot. Taylor's family believes he was trying to get away from the shooter after he'd been shot and ended up losing control of his car due to his injuries.

Several days after the murder, detectives released a profile of the man they believe shot Sergeant Taylor, saying they need the public's help in identifying him. He's described as a black man, 5'8"-6', 180 lbs., 25-35 years old with a completely bald head , mustache and beard who may have been wearing a green jacket at the time of the shooting.

Investigators said they could not comment on whether or not Taylor might have known his killer. Witnesses in the area helped them come up with the description of the suspect.

Nearly nearly two months after the deadly shooting, Taylor's brother says there is still no clear motive or suspect. He says his family hopes the reward money will prompt someone with information on the case to come forward. Taylor was from Wheatfield, Indiana and his relatives say they're doing everything they can from out of state to help solve his case.

Captain Jeff Hooper who oversees the Riley County Police Department's Investigations Divisions, says detectives continue to pursue leads in their probe into Taylor's murder.

Anyone with information on the case is urged to call Detective Richard Lewis at 785-537-2112 x. 3050.

The Taylor Family's billboard will be up along Fort Riley Boulevard until early January.

The victim, Sgt. Ronald Evans Taylor
A sketch of the suspect, released by the Riley County Police Department