HUBBARD, Ohio (WKBN) – An unsolved murder in Hubbard has rattled the community, so much so that residents of the close-knit town are willing to do nearly anything to find the killer.
The family of the murder victim, along with police-assistance group, the Youngstown Crime Stoppers, announced a reward of $20,000 Friday for anyone providing relevant information relating to the death of Cody Pitts.
Pitts’ family and the Crime Stoppers made the announcement near the spot where police found Pitts dead at 2:30 a.m. March 7 on Orchard Street. Trumbull County Coroner Humphrey Germaniuk said Pitts died from a single gunshot wound to the head and that the death was not a suicide.
According to police, Pitts had spent several hours at the bar with friends and was the last to leave. A passerby found his body along the side of the Orchard Avenue about 3:30 a.m.
Investigators have not made any arrests in connection to the case. In June, Crime Stoppers began offering a $3,000 reward for tips in the case.
The people behind “Justice for Cody,” a group seeking to raise awareness of the crime, presented the Crime Stoppers with an additional $14,000 check, with the hopes that the added reward money would compel someone to come forward with information related to the case.
“We need justice, and we need it now. Tomorrow’s too late. Tomorrow’s not soon enough. We need it now,” said family friend Danielle Songer.
Rick Alli, president of the Youngstown branch of the Crime Stoppers, said support from the community has been outstanding.
“At no other time in Crime Stoppers’ history in our three-county area have we had this much funds that were not brought on by a corporation,” he said. “This was all brought on by the people who care, and the people that are affected by this crime.”
Cody’s friend, Jake Kerola, said he is hoping that investigators are able to tie up loose ends and that Pitts’ killer is brought to justice.
“It would be really nice for the community, for his family, for his friends, for everybody here if somebody would just finally come forward and put a murderer behind bars,” he said.
Those with information on the murder can reach the Youngstown-area branch of Crime Stoppers at 330-746-2583.