California authorities announce $110,000 reward after teen girl found dead on Los Angeles freeway
California officials announced a $110,000 reward for the help in investigation of slaying of a 16-year-old girl, whose body was found dumped on a freeway this month.
16-year-old Tioni Theus, who is believed to be a victim of human trafficking, was found dead on January 8 on a southbound on-ramp on Interstate 10 in Los Angeles, the California Highway Patrol said.
Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón announced $110,000 reward to those whose tips lead to an arrest and conviction in the teen's death.
"The investigation is ongoing. However, there is evidence indicating this young girl may have been the victim of human trafficking," Gascón said.
Tioni was "last seen on January the 7th when she reportedly told her father that she was meeting a friend to go to a party. ... Please help bring Tioni's murder to justice," Gascón said.
"Time and time again, missing and victimized Black women and girls are overlooked and lack the appropriate media attention in comparison to their counterparts," Los Angeles County Supervisor Holly J. Mitchell said. "While this reward in no way alleviates this tragedy that has occurred, it is an incentive to those in the community and beyond to speak up and provide information about what occurred leading up to her January 8th murder."
Anyone with information about Tioni's slaying is urged to call the California Highway Patrol's Major Crimes Unit at 323-644-9550. Anonymous tips, officials said, can be made at 888-412-7463.
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