Fund created for tips in Decatur murder case

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt December 10, 2014
A screen shot of the reward fund for information about the murder of Karen Pearce.

A screen shot of the reward fund for information about the murder of Karen Pearce.

Who murdered Karen Pearce?

That’s the question everyone in Decatur, Ga., has been asking themselves since Dec. 6 when someone discovered her body near a parking deck One Decatur Town Center.

Pearce, who worked as a stylist at True Salon in Marietta and lived in Smyrna, was having dinner with friends at Leon’s in downtown Decatur before her murder, according to 11 Alive. Decatur Police have said very little about the details case, and have asked the public for tips.

Friends of Pearce have also established a reward fund through Crime Stoppers to entice someone to come forward. To visit that page, click here.

Information has been difficult to come by. In addition to Decatur Police playing the investigation close to the vest, other people familiar with the investigation don’t want to talk because they’re worried they’ll be a target of whoever shot Pearce.

A former client of Pearce’s who asked that we not use her name, helped to set up the fund.

“I am a city of Decatur resident and I also knew Karen well,” she said. I’m blown away that she was killed and killed in our town.”

The standard crime stoppers reward is $2,000. Pearce’s friend hopes increasing the reward will help police find Pearce’s killer.

“We can never make this right. But we can help find the person responsible,” she said. “Not in our town. Not on our watch.”

Police are asking anyone with information to contact the Decatur Police Department at 404/373-6551 or Crimestoppers at 404/577-TIPS or online at http://www.

Correction: An earlier version of this story provided incorrect information about where witnesses found the body of Karen Pearce. Her body was discovered near the parking deck at One Decatur Town Center. 

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