Reward generates tips in Lowell horse murder
By Carrie Napoleon Post-Tribune correspondent June 9, 2012 11:46AM
Racehorse "Lady May Z" was found shot to death on her owner's farm near Lowell Tuesday May 29, 2012. | Provided photo~Sun-Times Media
Updated: July 11, 2012 10:23AM
LOWELL — It was a nice sunny day Friday but there were no horses grazing in the pastures on the Geib family farm.
Heidi Geib and her family are still trying to recover from the May 29 murder of their horse Lady May Z who was shot between the eyes with a captive bolt gun, the type of weapon used to slaughter livestock.
The 8-year-old standardbred pacer, who was about to return to racing after a winter off, was shot to death on a practice track near where another of the farm’s horses was grazing. The second horse wasn’t injured.
While Geib is hopeful the killing was a one-time thing, she remains afraid to let her horses out to roam the farm’s pastures out of eyesight and she is even more afraid to let her children, whose last day of school was Friday, outside to play unsupervised.
“How long do I have to be scared?” she said.
Lake County Sheriff’s Police are aggressively pursuing the case and both the lead investigator Detective Michelle Dvorscak and Geib are hopeful a $2,500 reward for information in the murder offered Wednesday by the Humane Society of the United States will help track down the killer.
“We’ve received several interesting calls,” Dvorscak said since the news of the reward was made public. “We’re really thankful to the Humane Society. Their reward helped bring some people forward.”
Dvorscak said she could not divulge any details about the tips that have been received, only to say the department is looking into all of the information.
Even though captive bolt guns are not considered a firearm, they are lethal to both animals and humans. There are a number of small slaughterhouses in the region, though the weapon could have come from anywhere.
“You can buy them on the Internet. They are not regulated by the USDA or Indiana Board of Animal Health,” Dvorscak said.
Geib said she hopes when the killer does finally talk or brag about the crime, whoever hears the story will be more interested in the $2,500 than keeping the secret.
“I want to keep it on people’s minds so if they hear something they will report it,” she said.
Dvorscak said anyone who may have seen something or who may have information relating to the crime is asked to contact her at 755-3346 or to use the Sheriff Department’s anonymous tip hot line at (800) 750-2746.