Dash Ellis, the husband of Lisa Koziol-Ellis, a woman killed in Elgin earlier this month, Tuesday announced a $15,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of her killer.
Police released no new information about the investigation, and would only say they are pursuing dozens of anonymous tips and leads.
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"We will continue to do so until we bring this investigation to a close," Elgin Lt. Sean Rafferty said. "Every lead that comes in gives us restored hope that we are in the right direction and will bring this murderer to justice."
During a brief news conference, Ellis, flanked by his mother, Carrie Brecke, and his father, Jeff Ellis, announced the reward and said they will continue to accept donations online. An image of a smiling Koziol-Ellis was displayed behind her husband during the news conference.
"We would like to just take a moment and thank everyone who donated to the fund and I would also like to thank the Elgin police who have been tirelessly investigating this case," Ellis said.
Friends of the couple helped arrange the reward and submitted donations.
"If there is anyone out there that has any information at all, please help us get this person off the street," Jeff Ellis said. "I don't care why you want to do it. Do it for the money, do it because it's the right thing to do. Just get these people off the street."
According to police, Ellis returned from work March 2 to find his 33-year-old wife dead in the Elgin townhouse they had moved into days earlier in the 0-100 block of Garden Crescent Court. Preliminary autopsy results indicated Koziol-Ellis died of multiple stab wounds, according to the Kane County coroner. Her death was Elgin's first homicide this year.
Koziol-Ellis was active in Chicago's performance community, often hosting or emceeing shows. She went by the artist name Foxy Goat Lisa and was known for her drawings, jewelry and other artwork.
Her husband said she was the most amazing person he had ever met. They were married six years and moved here from Chicago.
"We wanted something more permanent and just kind of a change of scenery," Ellis said as his eyes welled up with tears. "Somewhere safe."
If you have any information about the case, contact the Elgin Police Department at (847) 289-2700, at its anonymous tip line at (847) 695-4195 or via text message by texting 847411 and including ELGINPD at the beginning of your message, followed by your tip.