Reward increased to $50K in Jennifer Harris investigation

Jerrie Whiteley, Herald Democrat
Jennifer Harris

As they await the release of the “48 Hours” episode featuring the cold case of Jennifer Harris, the family has increased the reward amount being offered for helping solve the case to $50,000.

The “48 Hours” episode is set to air Saturday at 9 p.m. local time on CBS.

Harris, the owner of a Massage and Wellness Center in Frisco, had graduated from Stephen F. Austin University with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition, Counseling and Health Science. She had temporarily moved back to Bonham to live with her grandmother, but on May 12, 2002, she left a family friend saying she was going to meet someone. Harris got in her green, 2000 Jeep Wrangler and drove away, never to be seen alive again, at least by anyone who will talk about it.

When Harris didn’t return home on May 13, her grandmother became concerned and reported her missing to the Bonham Police Department.

That same day, her Jeep was found near Lake Bonham Hoe Down Hall on County Road 2680 in the unincorporated part of Fannin County. Five days later, on May 18, fishermen found her nude body floating in the muddy water of the Red River.

This year, Fannin County Sheriff Mark Johnson is hoping the mystery will finally be solved.