Searching for justice

$10,000 reward authorized for leads in 2014 murder

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has authorized, at the request of Seventh Judicial District Attorney Dave Clark, a $10,000 reward “for information leading to the conviction of the person or persons responsible for killing Thomas Steven ‘T.S.’ Thrasher.”

Thrasher was found dead in his home, 615 Wester Vanderbilt Drive in the Rolling Hills Apartment Complex in Oak Ridge, on Dec. 8, 2014. He died from a gunshot wound.

In a release issued by Clark Monday, he said the investigation into Thrasher’s death was conducted by the Oak Ridge Police Department and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation).

Persons with any information are requested to contact the TBI tip line at 800-TBI-FIND.

In his release, Clark said, “We are grateful to Gov. Lee for agreeing to extend this offer of a reward.

“Cold cases like this one pose special challenges, but often the smallest amount of information may lead to a completed investigation and ultimately a conviction.

“In order to get justice for T.S., I know the state of Tennessee would be happy to deliver a check to someone that can bring the matter to a conclusion,” Clark said.

Thrasher was 29 at the time of his murder.

He was survived by two minor daughters, as well as other family and friends.

“Our imperfect system of justice is designed to avoid convicting the innocent, but may sometimes generate complex and frustrating hurdles for victim’s families to overcome in their search for justice,” Clark said.

“There are restricting rules that only allow police and prosecutors to use certain types of evidence in court. But the smallest piece of seemingly unimportant information can sometimes tie an entire investigation and case together.

“We just need a little break in this case,” Clark said.