NIXA, Mo. -- A reward fund established to find the murderer of a teenager from Nixa 27 years ago will live on as a scholarship fund for Nixa High School graduates. The fund was never used for a reward, and Gerald Carnahan was convicted for the murder in 2010 after DNA evidence linked him to Jackie Johns' murder scene.
In June 1985, a few days before the funeral of Jackie Johns, a reward fund started with a mere $500 for information leading to the person responsible for her murder. In just a few days that $500 grew to an amazing $11,800.
Originally set up for six months, the reward fund was extended another six months. One year later, in July of 1986, no one had stepped forward to claim the reward. Local banker and Christian County Sheriff, Dwight McNeil, suggested, since no one had claimed the money, it should become a scholarship fund.