$10,000 reward offered by family of Becky Bletsch

DALTON TOWNSHIP, MICH. (WZZM) -- Reward money is being offered for information regarding the fatal shooting of a Muskegon County jogger whose body was found along the side of a road.

The family of Rebekah Sue Bletsch is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for her death. Silent Observer is also offering a $2,500 reward. Donations can be made to a fund at Community Shores Bank.

The 36-year-old wife and mother from Dalton Township was jogging her normal route on Automobile Road Sunday afternoon when someone shot her in the head. Authorities say she had valuables on her, but nothing was taken.

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The Bletsch home is welcoming. "One of my favorite places to be," says Nicole Winberg, Bletsch's sister. The home is a place where Rebekah's sisters say they always felt protected, in part because so many of their sisters in-laws live on the same road. "All kinds of family on this road," said Jessica Josephson, another of Bletsch's sisters.

They never worried it was the kind of place where their sister would be murdered.

Jessica and Nicole are helping plan Becky's funeral. They remember her as someone who cared deeply for those she knew and loved family even more. "Wonderful mother, and wonderful wife," Jessica said of Becky.

The day of the murder, Becky's husband Kevin and daughter Ellie were working at a family camping spot north of Baldwin. Becky worked that day so she and her family could camp together this holiday weekend.

Police believe Becky came home and then left for a run, taking a route along Automobile Rd. like she often did. What detectives and her family do not know is who killed her.

"Did somebody try and take her? Did they hit her first? I have no answers to that one," Jessica said.

Jessica and Nicole said the therapy dog Becky used to help her physical therapy patients recover is now helping ease her family members' pain a little.

Becky Bletsch's funeral is Saturday at Sytsema Funeral Home on Harvey Street.

Police ask for tips to help solve the case. Hundreds of drivers leaving Michigan's Adventure Sunday night would have passed near the crime scene at the intersection of Riley-Thompson and Automobile roads. Someone may have seen Becky jogging or something else that might help the investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call Silent Observer's tip line is (231) 72-CRIME.


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