HOUSTON (FOX 26) - The reward is now up to $50,000 for information that leads to identifying and arresting the killers of beloved businessman Carroll Oliver. Also for the first time, the family of the murdered McDonald's restaurant owner is speaking out.
Relatives have a very specific message for anyone who knows who killed Oliver. “We would like for somebody to just do the right thing and we appreciate any information you may have,” says Oliver’s daughter Stephanie.
Doing what's right to help find the killers could land you a $50,000 reward and will give one family a gift you can't even imagine.
“We greatly need it for closure," adds the grieving Stephanie. "It's a nightmare. We've lost someone very dear to us.”
Oliver was murdered on Jan. 11 in his restaurant parking lot on the East Freeway near Lockwood in an attempted robbery.
“Just put themselves in our shoes and what we've lost," says Stephanie. "This was a man at his business, taking his money to his bank on his property and his life was taken.”
Investigators say Oliver's killers drove away in a white sport utility vehicle that was captured on surveillance video. Witnesses told law enforcement officers that there were at least two men, possibly three inside but who are they?
“I hope the community will help," says family friend Dave Moss. "Mr. Oliver was one to give the shirt off his back for thousands of employees he had.”
"There are countless people that he has helped, that he has aided, that he has given jobs to," says Houston Police Department homicide Investigator Fil Waters. "When you took his life that day you took away a man that would have given you the same opportunity.”
For the first time in 50 years, Jolene Oliver is without her husband and college sweetheart. The beloved businessman also leaves behind his son Cedric, who is said to have been suffering headaches since the day of his Oliver's death.
A family left heartbroken and seeking justice.
”If you were bold enough to do what you did that day, I would pray you would be bold enough to come forward and take responsibility for what you did,” adds Waters.
”I don't even know how you can sleep at night,” says Stephanie.
Anyone with information about the identity of the killers is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers of Houston by phone at 713-222-8477 (TIPS), online by visiting https://www.tipsubmit.com/WebTips.aspx?AgencyID=610, by text message by sending TIP610 and the information to 274637 (CRIMES) or with the Houston Crime Stoppers in the Apple App Store, the Google Play Store and the Blackberry App World. Crime Stoppers is willing to pay up to $5,000 for any information that leads to the filing of felony charges or arrest of the suspect in this case. People who submit information to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous.