New reward fund offered in Carrie Olson case

Carrie Olson photo from Find Carrie Olson Facebook page

Carrie Olson photo from Find Carrie Olson Facebook page

Several contributors have donated thousands of dollars to a reward offered for information that leads to the apprehension of anyone responsible for the death of Carrie Olson.

The body of 29-year-old Carrie Olson, of Davenport, Iowa, was found in rural Dakota County, Minnesota on Saturday, April 5, 2014.  She had been missing since late December 2013, and was last seen at a gas station in Rock Island, Illinois.

For more of our coverage of Carrie Olson’s disappearance, click here.

“After Carrie’s body was positively identified in Minnesota, we received a message from Dennis VanDerGinst indicating that he was establishing a reward fund,” said a message from one of the people in charge of the Find Carrie Olson Facebook page.  The page was first dedicated to the search for Carrie Olson, and later committed to finding information that might help police determine how she got to Minnesota and who, if anyone, is responsible for her death.

VanDerGinst contributed $1,000 on behalf of his law firm, plus another $1,000 from American Spirit Charities.  He asked other community members to match his contributions, and Fletcher Ford and Matt Larson each contributed $1,000 as well.

That brought the total reward fund to $4,000 as of Wednesday, April 16, 2014.

“We are hoping this reward fund will bring in new evidence,” the Find Carrie Olson administrator said, “i.e., sightings of Carrie’s car at any point in time before it was returned…and/or possible accomplices, etc.”

Nearly a week after she disappeared, a man she knew returned from an out-of-town trip with Carrie’s car and purse, but there was no other sign of her.  Friends and family hope someone might remember seeing Carrie, or her dark gray 2005 Toyota Avalon, with Iowa license plates 088 PMK, any time after she was last seen.

Police from Davenport, Rock Island, and two departments in Minnesota have shared information and were cooperating to investigate what happened to Carrie Olson.

Anyone with information about Carrie Olson is asked to contact Davenport Police at (563) 326-6125.

Car similar to Carrie Olson's vehicle (photo from Find Carrie Olson)

Car similar to Carrie Olson’s vehicle (photo from Find Carrie Olson)



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