CLEARWATER, Fla. (FOX 13) - The family of a murdered Clearwater couple is now offering a $50,000 reward for answers six months after their murders.
On Friday, the families of David and Mina Swan nearly doubled the reward money on the six-month anniversary of the day Clearwater police found the 80-year-old husband and wife shot and killed in their home on September 29.
“I can’t believe it’s been six months,” said Noel Devine, Mina Swan’s daughter.
It’s been a difficult time for Devine, her brothers, and other children of the couple.
“There are many young, great-grandchildren who are frankly a bit freaked out that there’s a murderer out on the streets, and they worry about their own safety,” said Janet Lowrey, David Swan’s daughter.
Detectives said it is a tough case, but they have hundreds of pieces of evidence, about 100 hours of surveillance video, and more video that is being analyzed.
“We have a lot of pieces of evidence that we are still going through and, like some homicides, it just takes that little piece of information to pull this all together,” said Det. Brian Kanicki of the Clearwater Police Department.
The couple’s families hope the new reward will motivate someone to come forward with a valuable tip to find the person responsible.
“You have the power to put our hearts at rest. You have the power to stop the emotional roller coaster of fear in our young children. You have the power to stop someone from committing more murders,” said Lowrey. “Please make a phone call, take the reward and use the money to change your life.”
Detectives are working every day to catch a break in the case, even revisiting the neighborhood this week.
“Each time we talk to folks, they remember something new. They have talked to other people, and it sparks some other memories,” said Kanicki.
The new reward for information will go up on billboards in Clearwater and across the Bay Area. The family hopes it’s enough to bring justice for the couple.
“Don’t hold back. We’d really love to find the answers in this case. We would like to have our peace,” said Devine.
If you have information about this crime that could help police, call the tip line at 727-562-4141 or Sgt. Michael Hasty at 727-562-4317.