May 2, 2008
Rewards posted for Killawog woman
Nearly $10,000 offered for information about disappearance of mother of 3 missing since April 1
A national foundation and the family of a missing Killawog woman are offering separate rewards for information leading to the woman’s return.
The family of Bethanie Dougherty announced a $3,800 reward for the missing 40-year-old mother of three at a press conference Thursday afternoon at the Broome County Sheriff’s Department.
Dougherty has been missing since April 1.
Broome County Sheriff David Harder said the reward could increase.
“We aren’t going to announce every time they receive $50 to put towards the reward,” Harder said.
An additional $5,000 reward is being offered through the Carole Sund/Carrington Memorial Reward Foundation, established in 1999 by a family whose daughter was violently murdered that same year in California.
The foundation’s goal is to safely return missing persons to their homes and to secure the arrest and conviction of violent criminals, according to its Web site.
Friends of Dougherty are already planning other fundraising events to go toward the reward and the family.
Of the $3,800, $500 came from donations there were collected at Wednesday night’s candle light vigil at the Three Bear Inn in Marathon.
Dougherty’s sister, Billie-Jo Kuckolls, of Cortland, said the remainder of the money for the reward came from friends and family.
She added that the amount will increase after fundraisers and anyone can donate to the reward amount by going to any branch of Bank of America.
Harder said anyone with any information can call the Broome County Sheriff’s Department at (607) 778-1911, local police agencies or the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Dougherty has three children, who are staying with their father, her first husband Pat McMahon, in Marathon.
Dougherty was last seen wearing purple pajamas at 10 p.m. on April 1 by her oldest son Logan. At 3 a.m. on April 2, neighbors on Jennings Creek Road called police after hearing screams. Police found nothing, but Dougherty was reported missing later that day.
Police have searched hundreds of acres around Dougherty’s home and up and down the Tioughnioga River looking for Dougherty or any clues leading to her whereabouts.
The Broome County Sheriff’s Department has conducted interviews and investigated hundreds of leads but has turned up nothing, police said. The investigation continues.
Friends and family said they are praying each day for Dougherty’s return.
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