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Ramsey County releases wanted poster for Ty Hoffman

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) -

The Ramsey County Sheriff's Office has released an updated wanted poster including a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest of Ty Hoffman, a suspect in connection to the murder of Lush Food Bar co-founder and Boston Scientific executive Kelly Phillips.

Hoffman was the co-founder of Lush, and allegedly shot and killed Phillips on Aug. 11 outside of a Holiday gas station in Arden Hills, Minn.

Hoffman, 44, is described as having short brown hair, hazel eyes and a large build at 6'2" and 230 pounds. He has been known to associate with the gay community and investigators believe he may use Grindr, Craig's List, Scruff or other applications to find shelter, Ramsey County police said in a news release. Police urge you not to attempt to contact him as he is considered a dangerous fugitive.

PDF: Wanted poster for Ty Hoffman

PHOTOS: Recent photos of Ty Hoffman

To share any information or report a tip anonymously, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

'We must find Ty Hoffman'

Friends of Kelly Phillips hope to grow a larger reward fund that could lead to more credible tips regarding Hoffman's whereabouts.

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

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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