Reward increased to $4,000 in search of suspect responsible for Overland Park homicide

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City police said that the reward for information that can help lead to an arrest in the Overland Park homicide case has been increased to $4,000.

Police said that witnesses have been limited and any information would help investigators in their search for the suspect that shot and killed Steve Sawyer in the driveway of his Overland Park home New Year’s Eve.

Sawyer, 49, was warming up his car just after 6 a.m.  when he was struck by a bullet, according to police.

Those nearby told police that they heard four to six shots fired. According to police, neighbors heard yelling before the gunman drove away.

Police said they think the incident might have been an attempted carjacking but have not confirmed this.

When police arrived on scene, Sawyer’s car was still running. The driver-side door and trunk were both open, according to relatives.

The victim lived with his girlfriend for the past three years in the home on West 83rd Terrace near Kessler.

“It was like a nightmare that you would never forget,” said Sawyer’s longtime girlfriend, Denise Thompson, who was home at the time of the murder.

According to family members, Sawyer did not have any known enemies.

Members of Sawyer’s family said they want answers.

“Someone felt like they had the right to take him from our lives and that they continue to walk the streets and we have to mourn his loss,” Sawyer’s younger sister, Tamika Jones told FOX 4 previously.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477), TIPS may also be submitted electronically at, or by texting TIP452 and your information to 274637 (CRIMES).

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