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County Increases Reward for Information Leading to Killer of 16-Year-Old Tioni Theus

Tioni Theus was found dead Jan. 8 on the side of the 110 Freeway in a South Los Angeles neighborhood.

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The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Tuesday increased its reward offer for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the shooting death of a 16-year-old girl whose body was dumped alongside the 110 Freeway in South LA.

The county previously offered $10,000 for information in the January killing of Tioni Theus, while the state and city of LA each put up $50,000.

The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to bump up its portion of the reward to $20,000.

Tioni's body was discovered Jan. 8 on the side of the freeway on the Manchester Avenue on-ramp near South Figueroa Street. Tioni was last seen Jan. 7 after telling a family member she was going to meet a friend to go to a party, officials said.

According to LA County Supervisor Holly Mitchell's motion to extend and increase the county's reward offer, Tioni "lived in Compton and was a student at Centennial High School. She was reportedly living with her father as her mother recovered from a serious hit-and-run accident. Family members say she was a straight-A student and enjoyed dance and golf.

The body of 16-year-old Tioni Theus was found on the side of the 110 Freeway over two weeks ago. The Los Angeles District Attorney revealed there is evidence suggesting Tioni was a victim of human trafficking. Mekahlo Medina reports for NBC4 on Jan. 26, 2022.

"Investigators are urging anyone with information about this incident to contact the California Highway Patrol. A reward will encourage members of the public to come forward with information that can help identify the individual(s) responsible for her death.''

Speaking with community activists at a news conference earlier this year, Rashida Kincy, a cousin of Tioni, described her as a "vibrant young lady that was just cut from so much that was ahead of her.''

"This has been a tragedy to my family, to the community,'' she said.

The CHP asked anyone with information about her killing to call the agency at 323-644-9557. Anonymous tips can also be made at 888-412-7463.

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