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Sarpy County Sheriff's Office doubles reward for fatal crash info

Posted at 10:21 AM, Jul 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-26 17:19:17-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — UPDATE 7/26/19

The Sarpy County Sheriff's Office has nearly doubled the reward being offered for information that will identify the person or persons who provided alcohol to the Gretna teenagers who died in a fiery crash on June 17th. Sarpy County Crime Stoppers is now offering a $14,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of those who provided the alcohol.

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The Sarpy County Sheriff's Office gave new details in the investigation into the June 17 crash that left four Gretna teenagers dead and one other injured.

The crash happened at 180th and Platteview Road.

Investigators are actively pursuing leads to try to figure out who provide the alcohol to the girls.

"We did a hear a comment, oh why can't we just let it be. We can't just let it be. No we can't let it be, we don't want to be back here six months a year, on another fatality crash involving students," Chief Deputy Greg London said.

They've spoken to 20-30 people about the case. However, London says there haven't been quality leads to help solve it.

"This is a terrible situation. We just don't want it to happen again," he said.

He says the sheriff's office is struggling to get valuable information that could help the case from parents in the community and high school students.

"We go to speak to them and there parent is right there and they say I don't want my child to answer any questions," Chief Investigator Kevin Griger said.

The sheriff's office would like to speak with two persons of interest, who were minors at the time of the crash.

A $7,500 reward is being offered to anyone providing information leading to an arrest. Bob Batt, who was a longtime liquor control commissioner, contributed $5,000 of that.

"Somebody's got to let loose, some parent knows, any time more than one parent knows, it's no longer a secret and they just need to step up and do it and I'm providing a catalyst to getting it going," says Batt.