Governor offers reward in Calhoun County investigation

Governor Robert Bentley is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who raped and robbed an elderly woman in the Oak Grove Community of northern Calhoun County.{}The woman remains hospitalized after being attacked outside her home on July 15, 2012. Governor Bentley is joining with local authorities in urging anyone who may have information on the crime to come forward, as a formal suspect has not been identified.{} The name of the victim is being withheld to protect her privacy and safety.{}"No one should ever have to suffer what this victim endured, and whoever committed this brutal assault must be brought to justice," Governor Bentley said.{} "I believe someone has the information that detectives need to identify and locate the attacker.{} I hope that by offering this reward, we can encourage whoever has that information to speak up."{}"This is no time to stay silent.{} Your information can provide justice for the victim and peace of mind for the surrounding community," Governor Bentley added.{} "The Calhoun County Sheriff's Office is actively working to seek justice in this case.{} I also want to thank District Attorney Brian McVeigh and State Representative Randy Wood for their efforts in seeking a reward and urging members of the public to report any information that could help in this investigation."{}Anyone with information can contact the Calhoun County Sheriff's Office at (256) 236-6600.