|From the Macon Telegraph...
||[Dec. 28th, 2004|09:23 am]
Ben, Bob, Jay, John and Tim
By Becky Purser|
Macon Telegraph Staff Writer
WARNER ROBINS - A $5,000 reward is being offered for the arrest and conviction of the person who shot and killed a 13-year-old boy in a Warner Robins parking lot more than 18 years ago.
Feb. 17, 1986, Charles "Chuckie" Mauk was shot in the head in the parking lot of the former Giant Food store, now Video Warehouse, off Russell Parkway. He and a friend had ridden their bicycles from their homes about a block away to the store to buy some gum and candy.
Wednesday, the reward was offered by The Carole Sund/Carrington Memorial Reward Foundation.
The foundation is named after Carole Sund, Juli Sund and Silvina Pelosso, three women who were reported missing and later found murdered near Yosemite National Park in February 1999, according to a statement from Kim Petersen, the foundation's executive director.
It is believed a reward offered in that case resulted in information that helped authorities ultimately find out what happened to the three women, who had disappeared while sight-seeing, the statement said.
The foundation was established to help families in similar situations find out what happened to their loved ones, according to the statement.
For Cathy Miller, Chuckie's mother, the reward money offers renewed hope that she finally will be able to find out why her son's life was taken.
"I need to know what happened," Miller said in a telephone interview. "It's been 18 years, and I still don't know. ... He's the first thing I think of when I wake up in the morning, and he's the last thing I think of every night before I go to bed."
Miller said she learned about the foundation from Nancy Grace, an anchor for Court TV, who is from Macon. Miller said she hopes that Court TV will produce a documentary about Chuckie's slaying.
Investigators have never determined a motive for the shooting, although there was speculation in the community that Chuckie may have witnessed a drug deal in the parking lot, said Houston County sheriff's Lt. Robert Clark.
Chuckie was found by his parents lying in the parking lot near his bike, Miller said. He was still clutching the bubble gum he had bought at the store, Clark said.
"By keeping it fresh in the public's mind ... (someone) may come forward," Clark said. "Somebody has the information."
Authorities do know that Chuckie was seen shortly before his body was discovered at 8:15 p.m. that Monday talking to a man who was driving a white vehicle in the parking lot.
Houston County Sheriff Cullen Talton noted that does not mean the man was involved in the teenager's death, but the man may have some valuable information that may help authorities solve the case.
A sketch of the man was re-released Wednesday at a news conference held at the sheriff's office in Warner Robins, Clark said.
"Hopefully, it will play on somebody's conscience, especially being around Christmastime, and bring closure to the mama," Clark said.
Until she knows what happened to her son, Miller said she'll never know peace.
"I have to be his voice," she said.
Anyone with information about the unsolved shooting is asked to contact the sheriff's office at 478-542-2085 (days) and 478-542-2080 (nights).