ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. (KMOX) - When he first heard about the discovery of a young mother’s body in the trunk of her own car, Pine Lawn police chief Ricky Collins said he knew he had to help the victim’s family — even though the murder didn’t happen in his city and he had no other connection to the case.
“It wasn’t an investigative decision or a jurisdictional decision that got me involved,” Collins explained during a mid-morning news conference Friday in Pine Lawn. “It was a heart decision.”
So Pine Lawn officers stood roadside Wednesday, collecting donations from passing motorists to put toward a reward fund in the case of 30-year-old Ebony Jackson.
Her body was discovered the previous day in the trunk of her car in the 4400 block of Elmbank Avenue.
She had been shot in the head.
The case had first come to light January 4th when a search began for Ebony Jackson after her 3-month-old son was found alone but unhurt, strapped into a child safety seat, in the heated hallway of an apartment complex in Breckenridge Hills.
On Wednesday, Pine Lawn officers set up a “toll road” in an effort to raise up to $5,000 for a reward fund.
Just before revealing the oversized check with the final amount on it, Chief Collins announced they had gone “a few pennies over” their original goal.
He and Pine Lawn mayor Sylvester Caldwell then presented the check in the amount of $8,000 to St. Louis Regional CrimeStoppers.
Linda Lawson, a friend and spokesperson for the family of Ebony Jackson, said she was overwhelmed by the outpouring of support for the fundraising effort in Pine Lawn.
“We have seen the absolute worst of humanity,” Lawson said, referring to Jackson’s murder. “Now we have seen the absolute best of humanity…the absolute best.”
Anyone with information about this case is urged to call CrimeStoppers at (866) 371-TIPS.
All calls are anonymous.