What police first were calling an abduction sadly became a homicide in the tragic death of 23-year-old Shaun Hamblen in the early evening of November 29, 2018.
The young man was missing for several days after he finished a workout at his fitness club near Poplar Avenue and Perkins. Surveillance footage appeared to show that shots were fired after he was removed from his car, but it was days before a body was recovered.
Thankfully, citizen tips to CrimeStoppers led police to solve the case and make an arrest. More arrests could be pending.
Also in December, tips finally helped the MPD Homicide Bureau make arrests in the well-known case of the murder of little Laylah Washington. Details can be found on
"Of course, any felony case that is closed thanks to a citizen who contacts CrimeStoppers is a very good thing," said E. Winslow (Buddy) Chapman, executive director. "But it's especially good when tragedies such as these are solved and a measure of justice is provided to the families." Substantial extra awards were available to tipsters in both cases.
In memorium: CrimeStoppers,
Board member Evonne Siemer
It is with great sadness that we note the passing on Christmas Day of Mary (Evonne) Siemer, a long-time CrimeStoppers supporter and member of our Board of Directors.
Evonne, who had a bright spirit and who was often a source of practical wisdom, served several terms on the board and twice on the executive committee. She was preceded in death by her husband Don, who had worked for the Shelby County District Attorney's office.
The two of them engaged in numerous civic causes. She worked for a number of years at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and had her own fundraising business.
Among her many volunteer efforts each year was helping with the Memphis Police Department's annual Police Academy graduation.
Evonne will be missed by many people in the community.
Visitation: 10 a.m. Saturday, January 5, 2019 at Redeemer Baptist Fellowship, 5340 Quince Road, with service at the church at noon. Burial is at Memorial Park Cemetery.