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Kaelin Glazier's family and friends offer reward

Family and friends of Kaelin Glazier are hoping a $5,000 reward will inspire someone to come forward with information that could help solve the Medford teenager's murder 12 years ago.

Glazier's mother, Kim Cruz Waller, announced the reward Saturday afternoon during a gathering at Alba Park in Medford.

"We are working really hard on the case right now and want the money to draw people out who we believe know something but are unwilling to go to the police," Waller said.

The reward is funded by the Carole Sund/Carrington Memorial Reward Foundation, which has been working with the family since 1997, Waller said.

Tips are being collected by Tim Blackwell, a criminal profiler working with the Interstate Association for Stolen Children.

Glazier was last seen Nov. 6, 1996, at the home of Billy Frank Simmons, who lived in the 100 block of Johnson Road in Ruch. She was 15 at the time and a sophomore at South Medford High School.

In April 2008, a man working along Johnson Road found her remains in a field not far from Simmons' home. Several large searches over the years by police, volunteers, dogs and even psychics, failed to turn up the body.

Simmons remains the primary suspect in Glazier's murder, according to law enforcement officials. He was arrested in July 2008 for probation violation charges, but has since been released from the Jackson County Jail. His whereabouts are unknown, though Jackson County Sheriff Mike Winters said he believes Simmons still resides in the area.

The case received national attention and in 2003 was featured on "Without a Trace," a CBS drama about an FBI team that tracks missing people.

Anyone having information as to the murder of Kaelin Glazier is asked to call the Jackson County Sheriff's Department at 541-774-6800 or The Interstate Association for Stolen Children at 866-328-1142.

Reach reporter Chris Conrad at 776-4471; or e-mail cconrad@mailtribune.com.