The family of two women who have been missing from Bentonville, Arkansas for nearly five months have increased the reward for information on their disappearance.
For one month (until 12-10-09) the reward will increase from $5,000 to $25,000 for any information leading to the whereabouts of Louise and Christina Bishop.
Louise, 81, and Christiana, 40, AKA Christina Johansen were last seen at the Sam's Club in Bentonville about 5:30 p.m. on June 18th.
A family member who went to check on the women after not hearing from them for a few days found that the alarm system for the house was not on, and the purchases the women made still on the counter.
Also missing was the women’s 1997 black Toyota pickup truck. That vehicle was located in the parking lot of a strip club, Club Hots, in Jane, Missouri on August 21st.
Investigator Tom Boyle says they believe the truck was dumped in the parking lot of the strip club not long after the women went missing. Managers of the strip club told cops that the vehicle sat there for weeks before they had it towed.
The towing company says when they picked up the truck there was a message scrawled on the windshield, in soap and what appears to be lipstick that read, "Free car, just tow away."
When the towing company made contact with George Skupien, the nephew of Louise Bishop, he told them not to touch the car anymore because his aunt and cousin were missing.
Bentonville police detective Tom Boyle says they then had the truck towed to the state crime lab to be processed.
Boyle says that in the first few months after the women's disappearance they were getting some tips and leads on the case, but those have since dried up.
Boyle says, "we haven't gotten any new leads on the case in some time, but with the increase of the reward were hopeful that we'll get the break we need."
"If someone was thinking about giving someone up for $5,000 maybe the added reward will push them to do the right thing," Boyle said.
If you have any information regarding the Bishop's disappearance you're asked to call the Bentonville Police Department at 479-271-3170, or Detective Tom Boyle at 479-271-5903.
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Full Press Release:
The family of Christina Bishop, AKA Christina Johansen, age 40, and Louise Bishop, age 81, is now offering a reward of up to $25,000.00 for information relating to the disappearance of the two women. The reward may be payable to any person providing information leading to the whereabouts of Louise Bishop and/or Christina Bishop. This $25,000.00 reward will be in effect until December 10, 2009. This reward will also take the place of the previous $5,000.00 reward offered by the family on July 10, 2009.
Both Louise and her daughter Christina have been missing from their southeast Bentonville residence since June 18th, 2009.
The Bentonville Police Department is actively investigating their disappearance and foul play is suspected. The women’s 1997 black Toyota pickup was also initially unaccounted for, but has since been recovered. This truck was recovered by police on August 21st, 2009, after it was apparently abandoned at Club Hots in Missouri soon after the women’s disappearance.
Any person with information in this case is encouraged to contact the Bentonville Police Department at 479-271-3170, or Bentonville Police Detective Tom Boyle at 479-271-5903.