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Reward increased in Freer death case

Family members of the late Tracy Freer -- who died as the result of a hit-and-run incident in Dickinson last fall -- have raised their reward offering in search of finding answers to many questions that remain about Freer's death.

The reward -- which was originally offered as $5,000 in the days following the incident -- has been bumped up to $15,000 for "information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible" for Freer's death. Freer -- who along with his now widow Roberta Freer owned and operated the Queen City Motel in Dickinson -- died after being struck by a vehicle in the motel's parking lot during the early morning hours of Nov. 21.

"We want to find some answers," said John Stevens, Freer's brother and the initiator of the increase in the reward amount offered. "This has been very hard on everybody -- it's something that just consumes you."

Stevens said he believes the act that led to his brother's death was premeditated, although the investigation into the incident by the Dickinson Police Department is ongoing.

"We think this was a case of homicide," Stevens said. "We know that there are people out there who know something. I would think that this is something that would eat at a person's conscience, but I'm not sure we're dealing with a person who has a conscience."

According to Roberta Freer, who said she was an eyewitness to part of the hit-and-run, Tracy had stepped outside the motel's office to give his dog a bathroom break between midnight and 1 a.m. Nov. 21 when he was struck by a pickup truck and dragged about 15 feet. Roberta said she is scheduled to meet with DPD detectives in the coming days.

"We know there were a couple of people questioned after it happened," Stevens said. "It could be a case of people not wanting to come forward because they're worried about possible retaliation. We saw the recent ad in the paper looking for information into the horse assault in Dickinson and we thought we'd give something like that a shot. Hopefully, somebody comes forward."

Stevens and his fiancé, Nellie Mahto, decided to place their own ad in The Press, which ran in Saturday's edition. Stevens said as of Saturday evening that he did not know of any new information that had been offered.

Anyone with information in the death of Tracy Freer is asked to contact Lt. Dave Wallace of the DPD at 701-456-7750.

Bryan Horwath
A Wisconsin native, Horwath has been covering news in the Oil Patch of North Dakota since 2012. Horwath currently serves as the senior agriculture and political reporter for The Dickinson Press and, despite the team's tendency to always let him down, remains a diehard Minnesota Vikings fan.
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