UPDATE: $100,000 reward offered in Chanda Turner case
GARVIN COUNTY, Okla. – Wednesday Donna and Joe Turner announced a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of person(s) involved in their daughter’s death.
Chanda Turner, 23, was found dead with gunshot wound to the chest outside a home she shared with her boyfriend.
In 2000 her death was ruled a suicide, in 2002 the investigation was reopened.
In 2009 Turner’s body was exhumed and an autopsy was finally performed.
Last month the medical examiner’s office changed the suicide ruling to “undetermined” and the new Garvin County Sheriff reopened the investigation that same week.
“From the beginning we’ve believed Chanda fought for her life that’s what the evidence shows,” Donna Turner said.
Sheriff Larry Rhodes admits mistakes were made during the initial investigation.
“Everything from a lack of control at the crime scene, to mishandling of evidence, to not interviewing parties that were at the crime scene,” he said. “Those are fundamental duties that the public expects of law enforcement and those were not done the night of the death.”
“She was beat up from the neck down; the first thing I saw was a big bruise on her fist,” her dad, Joe Turner, said.
The family said the signs of trauma were obvious and even at the funeral her dad said many questioned black and blue marks on Chanda’s body.
“While she was at the funeral home, one of my friends said to me, ‘How many times did she beat herself up until she decided to commit suicide,'” Joe said. “It was that plain to see.”
While the reward is $100,000, the peace the family hopes to find is priceless.
“This was a woman who lost her life tragically and violently,” Jaye Mendros said, the family’s attoney. “If it takes $100,000 to get someone to come forward, then so be it. She fought for her life, her parents have fought for her and it’s time to put this to bed.”
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (855) 211-STOP (7867).