SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Four people were killed in a 2013 Schenectady fire, and now federal investigators are increasing the reward in hopes of receiving more information.
Federal investigators are happy the world has supported her, but they also want to assure the public they have not forgotten about her family. Investigators hope a larger reward will help solve the case.
“Sometimes the momentum begins to wane,” Charles Mulham with the NY Field Division Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said.
That’s why Mulham said the federal law enforcement agency is increasing reward money for the unsolved arson.
On May 2, 2013, 32-year-old David Terry; his two children, 3-year-old Layah Terry and 2-year-old Michael Terry; and 11-month-old Donovan Duell were killed in the fire. Sa’fyre was the only survivor. She was 5-years-old at the time. Officials said David shielded Sa’fyre from the flames.
“You know, at arsons, a lot of critical evidence for an investigator could be degraded or basically burned away,” Mulham said.
Now the ATF is increasing its original $10,000 reward for information. In addition, Mohawk Valley Crime Stoppers is putting up a reward and so is Schenectady County.
Mulham hopes someone comes forward.
“Small, insignificant things when put together could be a gold mine for an investigator,” he said. “So to answer your question, I am very optimistic that there are other people out there who have additional information that would be utilized by these investigators and would be very helpful.”
The children’s mother, Jennica Duell, remains at the Columbia County Jail. She’s charged with perjury.
Duell is accused of lying about the fire.
Duell’s boyfriend, Robert Butler, was charged with arson but charges were later dropped when officers said evidence linked Leon to the crime.