With no leads and no motive in a May homicide, Thomasville police are attempting to raise the amount of a reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.

The body of Kenneth Mickens was found in his apartment May 10 at Providence Plaza on South Pine Tree Boulevard. The cause of death was a gunshot wound.

A $1,000 reward offered by Crimestoppers has received a few responses, but no concrete leads, said Lt. Steve Belvin, commander of the Thomasville Police Department Criminal Investigations Division.

“Most of it’s been rumor mill, grapevine stuff,” Kelvin explained.

Attempts are under way to increase the reward amount to $5,000.

“We really need to get this crime solved. We’ve got a murderer in the community. They don’t need to go free,” the commander said.

The reward fund will accept donations. More information may be obtained by going to the Crime Stoppers website at thomasville.crimestoppersweb.com.

Donations also may be made at the police department, 921 Smith Ave.

Belvin has “a gut feeling” that the killer is someone who lives in the community.

Meanwhile, police have met with Providence Plaza residents to provide information about safety.

The emphasis is on not opening doors to strangers, said Lt. Eric Hampton, TPD public information officer.

In addition to not opening doors to strangers, residents were warned about opening doors to even people they know late at night.

“If they insist and refuse to leave, call the police and let them find out why these people are going door to door,” Hampton said.

He said Providence Plaza residents are urged to call 911 if anything or anyone appears suspicious.

Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1820.

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