Franklin city-council members vote to increase reward in cold case

Tip line, funds will help other unsolved cases

FRANKLIN, Ind. - Franklin city-council members increased the reward money leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect in a 2006 cold case.

The reward amount was increased Monday night from $10,000 to $25,000 and family members hoped the increase will make all the difference.

Chynna Dickus, 26, and her stepson, 10-year-old Blake Dickus, were killed July 24, 2006.

Their deaths have gone unsolved for almost 7 years and police believe solving their case could help solve other crimes.

Police said Dickus and her stepson were stabbed to death inside their Franklin home by an unknown intruder.

Blake’s mother told RTV6 that the larger reward money will help bring attention back to her son’s case.

“Because there’s a lot of people who have moved into the area who have no idea what’s happened. July 24 will make seven years, it doesn’t seem like seven years, but that was the worst day of my life. Someone murdered my son and I want this case solved,” Christina Dickus said.

The reward money will come from the Blake Dickus Memorial Criminal Tip Line Rewards Program which was established Monday night.

The tip line and the fund it creates will be used for other unsolved cases in Franklin, officials said.

Two students helping to solve the Dickus slayings were honored at the Franklin city-council meeting.

Mason Clark and Austin Schmidt made a public service announcement for their class at Franklin Community High School to encourage people to contact police with any tips.

Attorney General Greg Zoeller presented Clark and Schmidt with the Hoosier Hearts Hero Award for their work.

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