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Reward offered in murder case of Clio police chief's father

Eugene Johnson (Source: Sharonda Johnson) Eugene Johnson (Source: Sharonda Johnson)
(Source: WSFA 12 News) (Source: WSFA 12 News)
Governor Bentley's reward proclamation. Governor Bentley's reward proclamation.
CLIO, AL (WSFA) - Alabama Governor Robert Bentley's office is now offering a $5000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who murdered Clio Police Chief Richard Johnson's father back in September 2014.

The State Bureau of Investigations Task Force and the State Fire Marshal's Office began investigating the death of Johnson's father in September. Barbour County Sheriff Leroy Upshaw says a preliminary investigation ruled the death of Eugene Johnson, 81, a homicide.

"We are heartbroken and we will miss him terribly," said Eboni Johnson, granddaughter of Eugene in 2014.

Clio Town Clerk Vivian Hagler says the fire happened at 20 Robinson Street at the Clio Manner apartments between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. Once firefighters got inside, they found Johnson's body. At first, they thought it was a case of a fatal fire, but after a preliminary investigation the case was upgraded to homicide and arson.

"My granddaddy was very kind hearted, very loving, very free hearted and very giving," said Eboni. "Everything you could or would think of to describe a great human being."

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