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Search for killer in Saluda County continues

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SALUDA COUNTY, SC (WIS) - Saluda County authorities are hoping the offer of a reward will lead to answers in a baffling murder case.

More than two weeks ago, Kay Riley was found dead in what was left of her burned office. Officials say she'd been shot.

After his wife was gunned down in her office, Miles Riley struggles to hold on.

"Kay and I lived in Lexington for a good many years and it was just too fast-track there for us. So we moved to Saluda County. We came up here with the idea that it was in the country, it's safe," says Miles.

He continues to hope and pray for some kind of break in the search for her killer.

"What's important to me is finding who shot my wife," said Miles.

Kay Riley was shot to death in an apparent robbery in her office near Highway 391 in eastern Saluda County.

"All you had to do was ask Kay or ask me and we would help you in any way we could. And what has happened to Kay has scared our whole community up here," says Miles.

"We have been going door to door, all around the area where this crime occurred. And, you know every deputy involved in my agency has come forward and done something to help in this case. So yes we are putting a lot of energy into solving this case at this time," said Saluda County Sheriff Jason Booth.

Miles Riley says the killing has put his community on edge.

"They're all scared. I don't blame them. I'm worried too. And we just want this person to be captured," said Miles.

The murder was rare for Saluda County, the first in five years. It was made even more inexplicable, an employee says, by the fact that the business did not routinely deal in large amounts of cash.

"This is a case that's kind of baffled all investigators involved," says Sheriff Booth.

Maybe money will help. Crimestoppers has put up a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction, and Monday Riley and his family announced an additional $25,000.

"It's just tragic. Senseless. She loved her family. She loved people. Everyone loved her," says Miles.

Adding to the mystery, the location of the crime scene, some distance off the highway on a private road and not easily identifiable as a business office.

If you have any information that could help authorities find Kay's killer, you are asked to call 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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Reported by Jack Kuenzie

Updated by Jeremy Turnage

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