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There’s a reward, but turn the creep in because it’s the right thing to do

From the NPT Inbox:

Press Release Announcing a $3,000.00 Reward

September 8, 2009
To: All members of the Media
From: Arlene Pauciello

We have entered the three month anniversary month of the death of Heinz Duerkop.

Heinz Duerkop was killed by a hit-and-run driver on June 21, 2009 at approximately 6:50 AM. He was riding his bicycle south in the 3400 block of George Dieter Drive. He was hit from behind by a vehicle believed to be an SUV or truck. The driver has failed to come forward.

Heinz Duerkop was struck with enormous force. With a lifetime of cycling experience, he was still unable to protect himself. His badly damaged body was thrown from his bike into the air landing many yards from the point of impact. The driver made a conscience decision to leave him on the side of the road to die. He/She sped away without calling for or offering aid. A person with no moral compass is very difficult to find, but not impossible. We need the help of the community in locating the offender.

An avid cyclist, Heinz Duerkop was 67 years old. He and his wife, Margot, had been married for 43 years. A good-humored individual, Heinz Duerkop was a distinguished and educated professional. He came to the El Paso area as an officer in the German Air Force. He served at Fort Bliss. He became an American citizen over a decade ago and retired in El Paso. He was a volunteer guide at Hueco Tanks. He is sorely missed by all who knew him.

Family, friends, and associates are offering a $3,000.00 dollar reward for information leading to the arrest of the hit and run driver.

If you have video or photos on file, we ask you to use that material to report on this announcement. We hope you will consider this reward announcement newsworthy as it may be our only opportunity to draw out a witness. If you do report, we thank you in advance.

Margot Duerkop is not able to interview at this point in time. We hope you will respect her privacy until there is a development in the case. At that time, we will arrange for interviews on camera. Special Traffic Investigations, Officer-in-Charge is Charles Harmon of the El Paso Police Department. His phone number is: (915) 564-7161. The case number is: 09172110.

Our website, averages up to 250 hits a day. We will link to your news site should you report this announcement. Since the website went up, we have had over 5000 hits. We ask anyone with information leading to the arrest of the hit and run driver to call (915) 261-9790.

Announcement authorized by the Heinz Duerkop Fund custodian, Arlene Pauciello –
261-9790 or 590-2070

Written by newspapertreeelpaso

September 9, 2009 at 8:46 am

Posted in Uncategorized

3 Responses

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  1. Hit-and-run is a problem in El Paso. How about a public campaign to educate the public about the problem and the consequences?

    truth hurts

    September 9, 2009 at 4:00 pm

  2. Y’al really need to get a hold of the El Paso Bicycle Club here in El Paso Texas. We have a website.

    John Wehmeyer

    September 10, 2009 at 3:08 pm

  3. To John at the El Paso Bicycle Club in El Paso: I did contact you. I contacted everyone on the board. You were the only one who answered me….giving me the name of someone on the Eastside who had organized a ride. I tried to reach him (Henry Payan?) but he never answered my e-mail. We are so desperate for publicity regarding the fund and reward, we appear pitiful. We can’t get our story out. I sent this press release to evey media outlet in El Paso. I sent it to every news editor and copy editor individualy also. Only NPT found the space for it. I am deeply grateful. It gives me hope. I’m open to every idea out there that will help us find this killer. We’re sure he/she lives near our neighborhood.


    September 10, 2009 at 4:47 pm

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