Family boosts reward in KCK homicide

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- The family of a 69-year-old man found beaten to death in his home is adding $4,000 to the TIPS hotline reward.

Peter Belmont's sister said her family may not live nearby, but they're not going to rest knowing someone is getting away with killing their loved one.

"He was so gifted, my brother. He was an internationally know dog breeder, Afghan hounds," said Kathleen Belmonte.

With the Westminster dog show taking center stage in New York this week, sisters of Peter Belmont can't help but think of their dead brother. Kathleen Belmonte said Peter would be there and probably win. She said one of his dogs is there without him, following her brother's brutal murder in December at his home near 115th and Leavenworth Road.

"The family is terribly concerned in every way. This was horrific to get a call like this that your brother is murdered. My God, who thinks you're going to go through this in your lifetime. And it was just terrible. It is terrible."

Kansas City, Kan., police say Belmont was found beaten to death in his home. His minivan was missing, as were some valuables taken from the home. Police later recovered the van and some of the missing property, but they say they could still use the public's help to determine who did it.

"Right about the time of the incident we received a few tips, but since then it's quieted down considerably and we're hoping, the family is hoping with this money with this additional money somebody will come forward with that information," Det. Kevin Boehm said.

While his sister said Afghan hounds were the love of her brother's life, she said Belmont also was a respected teacher for 35 years.

If you can help with the case, call the TIPS hotline at 816-474-TIPS. The reward is now more than $5,000.

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