For information leading to convictions of anyone responsible for 2019 campfires, the trustees of Balls Creek Campground offer a $5,000 reward.
Recil Wright, chairman of the campground trustees said that they offer the reward to help build momentum around this case.
Wright stated, “We want to ensure that basically, all leads are going to being followed and that there’s nothing to speak… about sheriff’s office but it’s just because we thought we would stir the bushes slightly.”
Only a conviction will result in the payment of the reward.
Tippers will have until the end of this year to give information in order to be eligible to receive the reward. In an effort to create urgency, trustees have set a time limit.
According to the digital flyer posted on the campground’s website, the reward would be split if more than one person leads.
Nearly 50 of the 295 wooden houses campers call tents were destroyed or damaged by the September 2019 fire. For nearly 170 years, the historic campground has been a site for major religious and social events.
Catawba Sheriff Capt. Aaron Turk stated Tuesday that the office did not have any additional information. He said that the investigation was ongoing and that the office is currently working with the Catawba County Fire Marshal’s Office, State Bureau of Investigation, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.