TAMPA, Fla. (FOX 13) - The search grows for the killer of a Tampa man who was found dead in Pasco County -- and so does the reward.
It's been nearly a month since Carlos Saint-Louis disappeared. His body was discovered February 19. The Pasco County Sheriff's Office is calling his death a homicide.
There's a new effort to catch his killer. Recently, PCSO in conjunction with the FBI posted billboards showing a photo of Saint-Louis along with a description of his vehicle, which is also missing. The hope is that even just one of the thousands of drivers who pass these billboards each day will have the tip investigators need to bring his killer to justice.
"It's tough. It's a tough thing," said Michael Saint-Louis, Carlos' brother.
Michael Saint-Louis spent two and a half weeks wondering where his brother Carlos went. He's had to spend the last week wondering who would take his life and why.
"Why would somebody actually go out of their way to harm another human being? And, not knowing why? That's the big question mark that we want answers to as well," Michael Saint-Louis said.
Carlos Saint-Louis, 38, was last seen February 2. When he didn't show up for work on the 4th, his family grew worried. His body was found February 19 in a pond behind a Zephyrhills shopping center.
The unexpected sight of the billboard with his brother's photo stopped Michael Saint-Louis in his tracks Tuesday.
"I was like, 'Wait, that's my brother,'" he said. "It made me feel good. Real, real good because I was like, 'Wow, they are actually helping us out.'"
This week, Sheriff Chris Nocco put out another plea for answers.
"We need the public's assistance," Nocco said. "Please, if anybody has any information, if they know him, known his whereabouts in the past 10 days, 12 days, anything."
Investigators hope a reward, which has grown to $8,000, is enough to bring forth the tip they need to make an arrest.
"Nobody needs to be killed, especially in this manner," Nocco said. "For him and his family, please, let us find justice, let us find peace."
For now, the family of Carlos Saint-Louis is leaning on their faith for strength, believing it won't be long before someone steps up and does the right thing.
"Turn yourself in and let justice be served," Michael Saint-Louis said. "This can be your family, too. You will go out of your way to help your family too. So, I'm just trying to help my brother out."
Carlos Saint-Louis' vehicle is a 4-door 2015 Chevrolet Sonic with the Florida tag EQS W64. It was last seen by toll plaza cameras on the Polk Parkway in central Florida.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay, either through their website, crimestopperstb.com, or by calling 1-800-873-TIPS (8477).