The family of Kristi Richardson, who has been missing since early October, offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to finding her and/or anyone who would be prosecuted if the case turns criminal, her son and Casper Police Capt. Steve Freel said Thursday.

Police and the family still regard her disappearance in early October as a missing persons case, Capt. Steve Freel said.

Police are still taking information and following leads, Freel said.

Freel declined to comment on the number of people police have interviewed or the number of tips the department has received. "There's some pretty sensitive information out there of what we're working on, and I'm not going to put that out there."

The police department has been working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation, he added.

The reward is being offered now as an attempt for further move the investigation forward, he said.

Sometimes people will not come forward until an incentive such as a reward is being offered, Freel said. "Putting a reward out there may get somebody to talk that hasn't wanted to talk to us yet."

Kristi Richardson's son Tracy also implored the public to come forward.

"This has obviously been an unprecedented time for our family, and extremely difficult," Richardson said. "We would just ask anybody out there (to) use your human compassion if you know anything about this. It would mean a lot to us if we could find out what happened to our mother."

Casper Police have been keeping open minds about the possibilities with Richardson's disappearance, Freel said the Friday after she was reported missing Oct. 7.

We’re looking at this as an investigation that could potentially turn into a criminal investigation,” he said then.

We are looking at it from the potential of a person that walked away from a house and has yet to be found because maybe they they don’t want to be found.

“But the flip side of it is that we’re looking at this as an investigation that could potentially turn into a criminal investigation,” Freel said. “We would hate to think that it would end up in a bad manner but it could up in where the end of this we have a body.”

Richardson, 61, is 5-feet, 4-inches tall and weighs 115 pounds.

Her last known contact was 7:45 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6, with a member of her company, according to a search warrant affidavit filed with Natrona County Circuit Court.

Police searched her house and found a cell phone in her bed, her purse with a large amount of cash, and identification on the kitchen counter, according to the affidavit. “There was no immediately identified evidence of foul play.”

However, the affidavit states officers were told a garage door opener usually kept in her purse was missing, and they observed stains on the sheets that could possibly be blood or urine.

Freel said Thursday the state crime lab is still working on that possible evidence.

 

Police Detective Shannon Daley is the lead investigator of the case, Freel said.

Anyone with information about the case is urged to call Daley at 235-8202.