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LA County pays out $100,000 reward to 3 people in Christopher Dorner case

Dorner Found House

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The house number on the condo where murder suspect Christopher Dorner reportedly hid from police near Bear Mountain Ski Resort. The building on the right served as central command for the search. The building on the left is where Dorner reportedly stayed.


Karen and Jim Reynolds entered their Big Bear condo late Tuesday morning to find fugitive Christopher Dorner inside.

Three people who were caught up in the manhunt for ex-LAPD cop Christopher Dorner are about to get a little richer. On Tuesday, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors approved the payouts of a $100,000 reward that was offered to the public for information leading to the capture of Dorner while he was still on the run.

Karen and Jim Reynolds, who Dorner tied up after they found him inside their Big Bear cabin, will receive $80,000. Daniel McGowan, who found Dorner's burning truck and helped focus the manhunt on the San Bernardino mountains, will receive $20,000.

The county's reward is separate from a $1 million bounty coordinated by the Los Angeles Police Department, which was also awarded to McGowan and the Reynolds.

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Both rewards passed over Richard Heltebrake, whose truck Dorner carjacked as he fled authorities on the day he died during a shootout and standoff with San Bernardino Sheriff's Deputies. Supervisors also denied a claim by Mary and Ely Ramirez, who located a handgun that belonged to Dorner.

Heltebrake has filed suit against the City of Los Angeles for breach of contract. 

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