California: Office of the Governor, Press Release, July 20, 1999

GOVERNOR DAVIS OFFERS $50,000 REWARD
IN THE 1997 MURDER OF MADERA WOMAN

Victim Was Shot And Then Set Ablaze

SACRAMENTO—Governor Gray Davis today issued a proclamation offering $50,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual or individuals charged with the commission of any offense punishable by death, in connection with the murder of Andrea Born.

The request for the reward was made by Sheriff John P. Anderson of Madera County and the victim's family.

P R O C LA M A T I O N
by the
Governor of the State of California 

WHEREAS, Andrea Born, 21, was found murdered on July 4, 1997; and

WHEREAS, she had been shot in the head and her body had been doused with a flammable liquid and set on fire; and

WHEREAS, the investigation of this homicide has been seriously hindered by a lack of information, including eyewitness accounts; and

WHEREAS, Madera County Sheriff John Anderson has requested that a reward be offered to encourage any individuals with information about this murder to contact law enforcement officials; and

WHEREAS, Sheriff Anderson has stated in his correspondence, "We believe certain people have first hand knowledge of this crime. We need an incentive for them to speak out in regards to this case;" and

WHEREAS, the assistance and awareness of the general public is essential to the proper functioning of law enforcement and the criminal justice system, and offers of monetary rewards often encourage public cooperation in the investigation of crimes and the apprehension of the person or persons responsible for them; and

WHEREAS, the Governor is empowered under Penal Code section 1547(a) to offer rewards for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any person who is charged with the commission of an offense punishable by death; and

WHEREAS, the family of the victim is in full support of the reward;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GRAY DAVIS, Governor of the State of California, do hereby post a reward in the total amount of $50,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual or individuals charged with the commission of any offense punishable by death, in connection with the murder of Andrea Born.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of California to be affixed this 20th day of July 1999.

Gray Davis
Governor of California
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