Pen Air FCU Helps Raise Money to Solve Murder of Active Duty US Navy Sailor

Contact: Libby Morris, Media Specialist
Pen Air Federal Credit Union
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Pen Air Federal Credit Union and the Corry Station Chief’s Association presented a check for $10,980.99 to Crime Stoppers from money raised at the Tyler Jefferson Memorial 5K Run.

Over 300 runners, military and non-military members alike, participated to show their support. The money from the race increases the reward fund to $35,000. The run took place near the second anniversary of Tyler Jefferson’s murder.

John Ochs, military liaison of Pen Air FCU, commented that this was the first annual Tyler Jefferson Memorial 5k run organized by the Corry Station Chief’s Association and spearheaded by Chief Peter Vannimwegen. “The military and the community came together to raise additional reward money and promote awareness of this terrible crime,” said Ochs, “Now that the reward is at $35,000, we are confident that someone will come forward to help solve this horrific crime.”

Tyler Jefferson, an active duty U.S. Navy Sailor, just 18, was jogging near her home on N. 49th Street, when she was shot to death on Nov. 12, 2009. Any information on the crime is urged to be reported to Crime Stoppers at 433-STOP.  Crime Stoppers is a non-profit organization that relies on collaboration between the police, media, and the local community to provide information about crimes. Their tip line lets people remain anonymous, and provide cash reward for information.

Pen Air FCU is a not-for-profit, member-owned financial institution originally chartered in 1936 to serve civil service and military employees assigned to our military bases in the area, as well as their immediate families.  Pen Air FCU now serves many other employee groups, with 18 branches in Northwest Florida and Southwest Alabama, including three student-run branches at area high schools.

For more information, please contact Libby Morris at 850-505-3200, Ext. 4151 or




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