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Published on April 02, 2024
UPDATE: Buckeye Police Illuminate I-10 Billboards Seeking Justice for Anaiah Walker's Unsolved Case, Offer $12,000 RewardSource: Buckeye,AZ

High above the I-10 in Buckeye, the visage of Anaiah Walker now looks down upon the passersby, brought to life on electronic billboards seeking justice in her unsolved homicide case. In a bid to reinvigorate the stalled investigation, Buckeye police have lit up two billboards with Silent Witness banners, heralding a cash reward of up to $12,000 for tips leading to an arrest, as first reported by the City of Buckeye website.

The case, which has perplexed detectives since May 2020, traces back to the grim discovery of 16-year-old Walker's body along the interstate's median, near Watson Road. Police believe she was struck down by a car, whose driver has since evaded capture. Sleuths piecing together car parts found strewn at the scene drew a bead on a 2016 to 2018 Honda Civic LX or LE, painted a distinctive "midnight burgundy pearl," according to the Buckeye police.

This electronic plea to the public is not Buckeye PD's first foray into billboard alerts; they've broadcasted Anaiah's case like this last year, too. It reflects a partnership formed with Silent Witness in 2022, which served to bump the reward and hopefully shake loose information from those reticent to come forward. The digital call-to-action will be displayed through May, marking a somber anniversary and a renewed push for leads, a strategy laid out in the city's announcement.

Authorities remain hopeful that the allure of a financial reward will coax out the crucial tip they need. Witnesses, or those privy to whispered confessions, are implored to dial 480-WITNESS, while Spanish-speakers may call 480-TESTIGO. The promise of anonymity might be just the thing to finally pave the way to closure for Anaiah's grieving family, now nearly four years in the grips of uncertainty and mourning.