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Winter Haven Police Department increases reward for answers about 2018 homicide

There is now a $9,500 reward being offered to anyone who has information that leads to the arrest of Darnell Powell's killer.

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. — The Winter Haven Police Department is asking for the public's help in finding the person who killed 21-year-old Darnell Powell three years ago.

There is now a $9,500 reward being offered by Heartland Crime Stoppers and the Florida Office of Attorney General for any valuable information that leads to the arrest of the killer.

Officers say that while Powell was asleep on Sept. 29, 2018, someone shot through the window, striking and killing him while in his bed.

"We know that there are members in the community that have valuable information to bring a killer to justice," Police Chief David Brannan said in a statement. "We are dedicated to finding Darnell's killer and implore anyone who knows something to call investigators. 

"It's not snitching - it's bringing justice to a grieving family."

A news conference is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Nov. 1 with the members of the investigative team of Winter Haven Police. They will go to the area of the shooting to place road signs announcing the increased reward and fliers for new leads after the conference ends.

Anyone with information wanting to remain anonymous can contact Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-8477 or visit their website.

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