For family members of a man that died as a result of a home invasion, the time since his death has been difficult.
It has been just a little over a month since members of the Conway Police Department responded to the home of Mark Hill, 47, after four men burst into his home shortly after midnight on Sept. 13 and demanded money. During the invasion, Hill struggled with one of the suspects and was shot several times. He died a short time later at Conway Regional Medical Center.
Tabitha Scroggin, Hill’s daughter in-law, said that the last few weeks have been a struggle for her husband and their family.
"My husband was very close to his father and this has just been too much for him," she said. "He can’t even talk about it without becoming emotional. Mark’s birthday was Sept. 25 and it was hard on his family, especially because we don’t know who did this or why they did it."
To help bring in leads to the crime, Scroggin and her husband have offered a $1,000 reward for any information that leads to the conviction of the people responsible for Hill’s death. She said that the family is hoping someone will come forward, even if they think the information is not that important.
"The smallest piece of information may be something that helps bust the case wide open, so we are hoping people will come forward even if they think it is not important," she said. "We don’t want Mark to be forgotten or this case to grow cold. These people are still out there and who knows if they will do something like this again? The family just wants to be able to know whoever did this will be held accountable for their actions."
Investigators working on the case said that they are still sorting through details of the crime, but they could use the help of the community to help solve the case.
During the ordeal, the victim’s girlfriend, two children and his nephew were awakened by the suspects and brought from their bedrooms to the living room to sit on the couch. The children told the officers that they saw four suspects and that one of the suspects had zip ties but did not use them.
At the time of the incident, La Tresha Woodruff, public information officer for the CPD, stated that while the family did not recognize the suspects, investigators do not believe the crime was random.
"The suspects made no attempt to cover their faces or hide their identities," she said. "The investigators do not believe that this was a random crime and feel that the group knew of the victim in some way."
Scroggin said that Hill’s family also does not believe that the crime was random and has been working with investigators to help give Hill the justice they feel he deserves.
Investigators are asking for anyone with any information as to the suspects involved in this crime to contact them at 450-6130 or text a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using keyword "Conway".
(Candie Beck is a staff writer and can be reached at 505-1238 or at firstname.lastname@example.org)