A reward for missing Alabama toddler Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney has reached $34,000 as of Thursday.
The latest $8,000 offered for information leading to the location of Kamille came from five Jefferson County commissioners.
The commissioners met on Thursday morning and chose to contribute $1,600 from each of his or her discretionary funds, Helen Hayes, director of public information for Jefferson County, told ABC News.
The commissioners hope the money will “help somebody come forward with information that would lead to Cupcake’s safe return to her family,” commissioner Steve Ammons said.
“This is an additional boost for the purpose of trying to find this child,” commissioner Joe Knight added. “And if a few hundred more dollars help that to happen, we’re happy to all pitch in.”
Crime Stoppers is offering $20,000 for information that leads to the finding of Kamille; Gov. Kay Ivey and District Attorney Danny Carr are offering $5,000; and a private citizen who wants to stay anonymous is offering $1,000.
“We’re hoping that reward would give someone the courage or would motivate someone to come forward,” Carr told reporters on Tuesday. “As the chief said, we need your help. Our goal is to find Kamille and bring her back home.”
Birmingham Police Chief Patrick Smith asked people to step forward at a press conference.
“We know that a couple of events were going on at the same time,” Smith said. “But we also know a number of you have video, cellphone video and other information that you might have seen that may be helpful in locating this 3-year old child.”
Kamille was taken from her party in Avondale around 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 12 by a stranger driving a dark SUV, witnesses told police. A man and woman were in the vehicle.
The SUV was towed from the apartment complex after it was spotted there on Sunday. A man and woman were arrested.
Authorities later said the man and woman were arrested on unrelated charges, naming them as Patrick Devone Stallworth, 39, and Derrick Irisha Brown, 29. Stallworth was charged with four counts of possession of child pornography and three counts of possession with child pornography with intent to distribute. Brown was being held on a probation revocation with no bond for an unrelated kidnapping.
Stallworth’s bond was set at $500,000 and he was released early Thursday, according to jail records.
Anyone with information was asked to call a police hotline at (205) 297-8413, 911, or CrimeStoppers at 205-254-7777.