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Reward increased for information in killing of Martinsville man

Reward increased for information in killing of Martinsville man

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Only $5 for 5 months

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Tykese Draeshawn Tinsley

Tykese Draeshawn Tinsley

The reward has been increased for information concerning the shooting death of a Martinsville man.

The Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Pittsylvania County Crime Stoppers, is now offering an extra $5,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the 2018 death of Tykese Draeshawn Tinsley of Martinsville. The reward was initially $1,000.

Tinsley, 26, was reported missing around June 25, 2018, and was last seen that afternoon stepping into a black van driven by an acquaintance outside of a Martinsville convenience store, court documents show.

His body was found by a stranger four days later body lying next to a small cemetery in Axton.

A medical examiner later determined Tinsley, also known to his friends and associates as “Dutta,” died from at least three gunshots to the head, and his death was ruled a homicide.

Anybody with information can call the Pittsylvania County Crime Stoppers hotline at 800-791-0044.

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