Councilwoman announces $10K reward in teen murder

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An Atlanta City Councilwoman announced Monday a reward of $10,000 to solve the May murder of a teenage girl.

District 4 Councilwoman Cleta Winslow made the announcement at a Monday morning news conference at Atlanta Police Headquarters.

Winslow hopes the increased reward will help Atlanta Police solve the murder of 19-year-old Bridget Shiel.

Officers found Shiel’s naked body in Oakland City Park on May 31st.

Investigators believe she was shot in the park because someone reported hearing gunshots at 1 a.m. on that day.

Investigators say the woman had multiple gunshot wounds to her back, leg and arms.

Police later located the victim’s stolen 2009 Ford Fusion on Georgia 400 near Northridge and Roswell Roads.

Councilwoman Winslow told reporters she put up the same type of reward several years ago in another case, and she hopes the new reward will have the same result.

Winslow put up $5,000 from her council budget, and the Atlanta Police Foundation matched that, bringing the reward to $10,000.

An Atlanta Police representative said they are still receiving tips about the murder and going over evidence taken to the G.B.I Crime Lab.

Councilwoman Winslow said for the past 6 weeks, gunfire has been a constant in the Oakland City neighborhood which is in her district.

Winslow said in the beginning, people reported the crimes but after Shiel’s murder, those phone calls stopped.

She urged the community to help Atlanta Police stop the violence.

Winslow said, "What I want to say to the residents in Oakland City is even though you may be thinking that you're protecting you children by keeping them at home and keeping them inside- with all of this shooting that's been going on, a stray bullet can come into your home, can kill you, kill your child. So think about those things, somebody knows something out there, somebody knows something so please come forward."

Police said the case hasn’t gone cold, and they are still receiving tips about Shiel’s murder.

Anyone with information to help find Bridget Shiel’s killer should contact Crime Stoppers of Greater Atlanta at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or text to “Crimes” (274637).