The Hamilton Police Department has announced that the reward leading to the identification and conviction of the person, or people, responsible for the arson of a home on Pater Avenue — which led to the death of Hamilton firefighter Patrick Wolterman — has been increased from $10,000 to $25,000.
Police said the initial reward amount generated a significant number of leads that detectives are busy following. But the hope is the extra reward money will generate more leads.
The extra reward money was made possible by several private donors and businesses organizations in the area according to police Chief Craig Bucheit.
“As our detectives continue their tireless efforts to deliver justice to those who are responsible they do so alongside their investigative counterparts from the Hamilton Fire Department, Ohio State Fire Marshal’s Office, the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms, Butler County Prosecutor’s office and Crime Stoppers,” he said in a statement.
Anyone with information on the Pater Avenue fire is asked to contact Hamilton police detectives at 513-868-5811 ext. 2002, or Crime Stoppers at 513-352-3040.