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New photos, bigger reward: 'We must find Ty Hoffman'

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Crime Stoppers and the Council on Crime and Justice are offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction for the murder of Boston Scientific executive and Lush Food Bar co-founder Kelly Phillips. The Ramsey County sheriff's office has identified fellow Lush co-founder Ty Hoffman as the suspect in the Aug. 11 murder outside of a Holiday gas station in Arden Hills, Minn

PHOTOS: Recent photos of Ty Hoffman

Call the Ramsey County sheriff's office at 651-266-7320 or 911 with any information.

'We must find Ty Hoffman'

Friends of Kelly Phillips hope to grow a larger reward fund that could lead to more credible tips on the whereabouts of Ty Hoffman. Crime Stoppers rewards are capped at $1,000 as not to prioritize one case over another, so a private reward fund allows Phillips' friends and family to raise as much money as they can in support of the search effort.

"For the last week we have given our thoughts and hearts to the memory of our friend Kelly, and to trying to bring some kind of peace and comfort to his family, his fiance, and to ourselves," organizers of the fund said in a statement. "While those efforts continue, there is a critical element to this tragedy that must be resolved before anyone can truly start to heal. We must find Ty Hoffman."

You can donate to the Kelly Phillips Reward Fund at https://www.thedatabank.com/dpg/464/donate.asp?formid=KellyPhillipsRF

"Rewards make a difference. They make people think a little more closely about who or what they may have seen over the last week; they give people a reason to pay a little more attention to faces they encounter throughout the day or a light in a house they thought was empty. Rewards can motivate people who might not want the hassle of dealing with the police to share a suspicion or a possible sighting; they can convince someone who may have encountered Ty in the last week under embarrassing circumstances that coming forward would be worth the personal discomfort."

FOX 9 EXCLUSIVE: Ty Hoffman's sister speaks out

"We're a very close family, and have been talking daily," said Hoffman's sister, Dawn Gominsky. "There's been no contact with him at all, and no one in the family has helped him. We're completely blindsided by this...Ty, we love you. We're here to stand behind you. We just want you to turn yourself in, come forward. Turn yourself in. I can't imagine what Kelly's parents are going through -- family, friends. Please come forward. We're here to support you through it. We love you. We're family."

Reward fund FAQ

1. Is my donation secure?

Yes. The donation site is secured and verified by GeoTrust. Sites secured by GeoTrust SSL certificates are providing up to 256 bit encryption thereby offering the highest level of encryption and security possible. This means you can rest assured that communications between your browser and this site's web servers are private and secure.

2. What happens to the money while the search is under way?

The money is held in escrow by the Council on Crime and Justice, a 57-year-old Minneapolis-based non-profit which strives to find innovative and effective ways of assisting people who have been affected by crime.

3. Why do we need to take up a private collection for a reward fund like this one?

Reward funds such as this one are typically administered on behalf of local law enforcement by Crime Stoppers MN. That organization sets a $1,000 cap on funds to avoid creating an appearance of valuing one crime victim more than another. Setting up a private donation model allows Kelly's friends and family to raise as much money as they can in support of the search effort.

4. How does one qualify for the reward?

The Council on Crime and Justice follows Crime Stoppers MN's established criteria and practices for reward qualification. You can read more here: http://www.crimestoppersmn.org

5. What if no one ever qualifies for the reward or the perpetrator is never found?

The Kelly Phillips Reward Fund will continue to grow until the case is solved. If Crime Stoppers determines no tip has led to an arrest in the case by Dec. 31, 2015, the donated funds will be returned.

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