New investigation begins in 10-year-old Westwood, Kan., murder case

WESTWOOD, Kan. - A new team of investigators will begin next Monday trying to find out who killed Ray Ninemier. He was the grocery store clerk who was shot to death ten years ago during a robbery at the store.

Ninemier was well thought of by customers, staff and people in the community that a memorial was erected in his honor at the Apple Market.

Jackson County Sheriff's detectives and Westwood Police investigators will work together on the case.

"We're also bringing in some of the retired investigators and detectives who worked on the original case," Becky Crabtree with the Jackson County Sheriff's Department said. "Our first step is to brief the new team on all the evidence and history of the case."

She said that solving a 10-year-old murder case is more difficult because many witnesses are dead and there was no in-store video at the time.

"But we know that someone knows who killed Ray Ninemier and we are hoping that because time has passed they may be willing now to answer our questions or come forward and tell police what happened," she said.

There is a $30,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case.  If you have any information in the case police are asking you to call 816-474TIPS.

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