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Family offers $3,000 reward for information on slain 74-year-old woman

Posted at 7:11 PM, Aug 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-17 22:33:41-04

FREMONT COUNTY – A family in Fremont County is searching for answers in the June death of their loved one.

Authorities with Fremont County Sheriff’s Office found the body of 74-year-old Loa Kennedy inside her home.
And to this day, they haven’t announced any suspects or leads in the case.

Well the family is still coming to grips with Loa Kennedy’s brutal murder and they’re offering a reward for anyone who has information to share with Fremont County Sheriff’s Office leading to an arrest and, hopefully for them, a small amount of closure.

The Kennedy family continues to mourn the loss of mother and grandmother Loa Kennedy.
A woman, they say, volunteered her time at several food drives and donated whatever she could to help her community.

“She would give you the shirt of her back if she could,” said son Gary Kennedy.

They say she treated her friends like family.

“Instantly, you know, it was ‘you’re my granddaughter, you’re family,'” said Melissa Kennedy, married to Loa’s grandson Joseph Kennedy.

On June 24th, the 74-year-old’s body was discovered inside her home on Chinook lane.
The family says she was viciously attacked but investigators haven’t confirmed the official cause of death.

Fremont County Sheriff’s Office declared it a homicide.
A crime, incomprehensible to those who knew her.

“I lost someone that I wish could live up to – to being like her, you know, heart of gold, I mean it’s like you lose your best friend,” said Melissa.
“You lose family.”

Even though it’s been months, the sheriff’s office is still processing evidence.
That’s why the family is determined to find answers.
They’ve come together to offer a $3,000 reward for anyone who has information leading detectives to an arrest.

“They said it would probably help,” said Gary.

For now, this community is on edge.

“Kids are more worried. I mean, we’ve definitely locked doors constantly,” added Melissa.
“I don’t sleep, I […] I think I hear a noise and it scares me.”

But the sooner the family can find out who did this, the sooner they think the entire community will be safer – by stopping this person from potentially targeting someone else.

“He’ll get what he deserves and we’ll get him off the streets, nobody else has to face something like this,” said grandson Joseph.

And in the end, they hope someone honors Loa Kennedy’s memory by coming forward with information.

“She deserves justice after everything she did for everybody in this community,” said Melissa.

News 5 reached out to Fremont County Sheriff’s Office for an update on this homicide case.
We haven’t heard back and they have yet to make an announcement regarding possible suspects or persons of interest.
If you have any information, you can call the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office tipline at 719-276-5509.