Reward offered in murder case

ALBANY -- As part of a continuing investigation authorities offered a $1,000 reward for information on the murder of Dorothy Sheffield, 46, of Americus.

While no arrests in the more-than-seven-months-old case have been made, an e-mail from Trebor Randle, GBI assistant special agent in charge, stated that the investigation has generated numerous leads.

"The Americus Police Department, Sumter County Sheriff's Office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are announcing a $1,000 reward," Randle said. "(The reward) is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction pertaining to the murder."

A relative found Sheffield dead June 29, in her 818 1/2 Magnolia St. home. She was last seen the day before by relatives.

Because Sheffield did not return phone calls, a relative went to her house to check on her welfare. That relative found the body.

Sheffield's body was taken to the state crime lab in Atlanta. As it is part of the investigation, no cause of death for Sheffield was released and no further details in the case were available Tuesday.