Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Reward Offered in 2 Slayings New Leads Surface in Labor Day Attack

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Reward Offered in 2 Slayings New Leads Surface in Labor Day Attack

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BRUNSWICK -- Glynn County police are hoping a $1,000 reward will lead to the arrest and conviction of whoever killed two men on Labor Day.

John Lavelle Lynn, 50, and Robert Arthur VanAllen, 41, both of rural Hortense, were fatally shot in an ambush at a railroad crossing in isolated woods near the Glynn-Brantley county line.

Investigators say Lynn and VanAllen were slain by two as-yet unidentified men who posed as stranded motorists -- luring them out to the killing scene on Bladen Road.

Lynn died of a gunshot wound to the head, while VanAllen died from multiple gunshot wounds, according to autopsies.

Detectives recently developed several new leads in the case. They hope the reward will generate more information leading to the killers, said Lt. Scott Trautz, coordinator for a Glynn police team of four investigators working on the case.

Police Chief Carl Alexander said the reward has always been in place but has not been made public until now. The department doesn't have a reward fund but does have money to pay confidential informants, he said.

"I can pay informants up to $1,000 for information. In this case, the reward was first offered to informants but now we are offering it to the public," Alexander said.

Lynn owned and operated an auto salvage company on Georgia 32 in Brantley County. VanAllen was a friend as well as an employee of the wrecker service.

The families of both men favored offering a reward.

"I think it might help. Rewards have helped the police solve other cases in the past," said Milton Lynn, whose brother was killed.

They also voiced confidence in police and said they think investigators "are doing everything they can do" to solve the double slaying.

"I feel the police are being very careful and trying to do things right," said Inez VanAllen of Brunswick, who was VanAllen's mother. "I just want whoever did this off the street so they can't do this to someone else."

Milton Lynn said he didn't know why anyone would want to kill his brother, who left behind a wife and four children.

"He was just a poor guy trying to make a living," Milton Lynn said. …

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