Reward offered to help solve Stellarton murder

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NEW GLASGOW - The provincial government is hoping to receive information about the death of Kevin Martin through the Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program.

Bonnie Thomas poses with a photo of her son Kevin Martin at the Salvation Army Citadel in Westville. Thomas comes back to Pictou County every year to remember he son who ran away from his home in Stellarton in 1994 never to be seen alive again.

Anyone who shares information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for this homicide could receive up to $150,000.

"It's been 20 years since Kevin disappeared and his family is looking for closure," said Justice Minister Lena Diab in a press release. "The death of a loved one is difficult, the death of a child is especially tragic. I strongly urge anyone with any information, no matter how small it seems, to contact the rewards line and help police solve this case."

Kevin was 13 years old when he went missing from his Stellarton home on May 19, 1994. In November 2000, commercial loggers found his remains in the Burnside area of Colchester County. It was determined his death was a homicide.

"To investigators, no piece of information is too small," said Sgt. Paul Vickers, RCMP Northeast Major Crime Unit. "We want to solve this case and bring much-deserved closure to the family. By adding this case to the rewards program, we are hoping those with information will decide to come forward. That one piece of information could be all that's needed."

Anyone with information should call the Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program at 1-888-710-9090.

Those who come forward must provide their name and contact information. They may be called to testify in court. All calls will be recorded.

The program was launched in October 2006 as another tool to help police gather information about unsolved crimes. For more information about this case and others, visit

Organizations: Rewards for Major

Geographic location: Stellarton, Burnside, Colchester County

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