A five-figure reward is being offered for any information leading to the person responsible for a fire that destroyed a bowling alley in eastern Iowa last year.
Investigators have said they believe the fire on August 9 at Don Mar Lanes in Mount Vernon was intentionally set.
But, Mount Vernon Police Chief Doug Shannon announced today that they’ve had very few solid leads in the case. “Today, the Mount Vernon Police Department and the Iowa Department of Public Safety’s State Fire Marshal Division are announcing up to a $10,000 reward by West Bend Insurance for any information leading to an arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible,” Shannon said at a news conference.
Special Agent Luke Ossman with the State Fire Marshal’s office says they’ve been investigating the fire for seven months, but have not identified any potential arson suspects. He hopes the reward will spur someone to report information that might help them crack the case.
“Any little information we’ve got…it just keeps leading us back to the same spot. That’s why we’re coming forward with this (reward money) at this point,” Ossman said.
Anyone with any information about the fire is asked to call the Linn County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-CS-CRIME (1-800-272-7463) or send a text to CRIMES (274637) and include 5227 in the body of the message, along with the tip.