A fundraiser to increase the reward money for the Pamela Kinney case is going to be held Friday, May 3 at the Apalachicola police station on U.S. 98, across from the Piggly Wiggly.

Grilled chicken dinners, including baked beans and cole slaw, will be served for $6 at the fundraiser, which begins at 11 a.m. and lasts until all the dinners are sold. 

It is being hosted by the employees of the Franklin County Sheriff's Office. This event is sponsored by AJ’s, Tamara’s Café, Piggly Wiggly Deli, Apalachicola Ace Hardware, Tamara’s Tapas Bar, Maxey’s Bail Bonds, and the Gulfside IGA. All the money earned will go towards increasing the reward amount for information leading to the arrest and conviction in the case, which dates back to summer 2005.

Three weeks after 19-year-old Pamela Kinney disappeared from a relative’s home in Apalachicola where she was staying, her remains were discovered in a wooded area off Tilton Road, west of Apalachicola, near one of the entrances to the Box-R Ranch. Autopsy results confirmed Kinney was murdered, but a motive for the killing has not been released.

A year after Kinney’s death, the reward was increased to $10,000 and earlier this year, that amount was doubled to $20,000, through a combined effort of Sheriff Mike Mock, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and CrimeStoppers.

“We’re trying to draw some interest,” said Mock. “What I’m hoping is that somebody out there that has some information will help us in solving this case and to bring somebody to justice. Pamela Kinney deserves that, her family deserves that.

“If somebody out there knows something, give us a call,” he said. “It may be something helpful to the case. We’re looking for anything that can give us a new lead, or something we haven’t heard. Someone may know something.

“It’s near and dear,” Mock said. “We need to bring somebody to justice. It’s got to be done.”

Everyone involved in the case is asking that if you have any information, call the Franklin County Sheriff's Office at 670-8500. -  By DAVID ADLERSTEIN