ORTING, Wash. - Several thousand dollars are being added to the reward to help find the killer of Mike Compton in Orting. The family says it won't rest until a suspect is behind bars.
"My life has forever changed as a result of this," said Mike's wife Nickie Compton. "It will never be the same."
Nickie is the one who found her husband's body that tragic morning. She vows to be the one who helps find Mike's killer, "because we will never give up. Justice will be served."
Police say Mike went to investigate someone prowling through his garage February 19th. He took his shotgun with him just in case. Police believe a struggle ensued and mike ended having his own shotgun used on him.
Today the CrimeStoppers reward was boosted from $1,000 up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of a murderer. Sharon Glasser, Nickie's mother, "I have all the faith in the Orting police department. They will catch these people."
The family is pleading with those responsible to do the right thing. Glasser, "Turn yourself in. Don't make the police come after you." Nickie, "I would hope they would feel so guilty they would have to say something."
Mike was laid to rest last Friday in the cemetery that overlooks the town. Several hundred people attended. Even more participated in his celebration of life in town.
It's a town that is now sporting reward posters everywhere. Even though Nickie put many of them up herself it's still tough, "I can't leave my house without remembering. I can't walk out my front door. I have to relive it every time i walk out my front door."
A community safety meeting is set for Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Mason's Lodge.