County to Increase Reward for Info Leading to 16-Year-Old Girl's Killer

Tioni Theus|


LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The county Board of Supervisors is expected today to increase its reward offer for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the shooting death of a 16-year-old girl whose body was dumped alongside the Harbor (110) Freeway in South Los Angeles.  

The county previously offered $10,000 for information in the January killing of Tioni Theus, while the state and city of Los Angeles each put up $50,000.  

The Board of Supervisors will vote to bump up its portion of the reward to $20,000.  

Tioni's body was discovered Jan. 8 on the side of the freeway on the Manchester Avenue on-ramp near South Figueroa Street.  

Tioni was last seen Jan. 7 after telling a family member she was going to meet a friend to go to a party, officials said.  

According to Los Angeles County Supervisor Holly Mitchell's motion to extend and increase the county's $10,000 reward offer, Tioni ``lived in Compton and was a student at Centennial High School. She was reportedly living with her father as her mother recovered from a serious hit-and-run accident. Family members say she was a straight-A student and enjoyed dance and golf.  

``Investigators are urging anyone with information about this incident to contact the California Highway Patrol. A reward will encourage members of the public to come forward with information that can help identify the individual(s) responsible for her death.''  

Speaking with community activists at a news conference earlier this year, Rashida Kincy, a cousin of Tioni, described her as a ``vibrant young lady that was just cut from so much that was ahead of her.''  

``This has been a tragedy to my family, to the community,'' she said.  

The CHP asked anyone with information about her killing to call the agency at 323-644-9557. Anonymous tips can also be made at 888-412-7463.

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