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FBI Offers $10,000 Reward for Information Leading to Arrest in Preston Lord Case

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The community has been enveloped in a somber yet determined atmosphere following the tragic death of San Tan Valley's 16-year-old Preston Lord, a junior at Combs High School. Nearly a month has passed since the harrowing incident, where Preston was severely beaten outside a house party in Queen Creek, resulting in his death two days later at Phoenix Children's Hospital. This case has not only shocked the local community but has also garnered widespread attention due to the grave nature of the crime and the ongoing investigation efforts.

Queen Creek Police Department, under the leadership of Police Chief Randy Brice, has been fervently working on the case. Despite the absence of arrests, Chief Brice assured the community in a recent update that substantial progress has been made. Understanding the community's yearning for justice, Chief Brice emphasized the complexity of the investigation, underlining the necessity of building a robust case for successful prosecution.

The incident unfolded on the evening of October 28, when Queen Creek police were alerted to a disturbance involving teenagers near 194th Streets and Via Del Oro. Initially finding no evidence of a crime, they were summoned back an hour later, discovering the gravely injured Preston near 194th Street and Via Del Rancho. The subsequent investigation revealed that Preston had been attacked outside a nearby house party, leading to his untimely death.

The case took a turn when it was reclassified as a homicide. Police have reportedly conducted extensive interviews, executed multiple search warrants, and identified several persons of interest. In a significant move, the FBI joined the investigation, offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. This collaboration highlights the seriousness of the case and the dedication of law enforcement to bring the perpetrators to justice.

The community has shown an outpouring of support for Preston and his family. Initiatives like distributing bracelets and car decals with the hashtag #Justice4PrestonLord have been undertaken. Local businesses across Chandler, Gilbert, Queen Creek, San Tan Valley and Mesa are participating in this solidarity movement, offering tangible tokens of support and keeping the memory of Preston alive.

The timeline of events since the incident paints a picture of a community and its law enforcement working tirelessly for answers and justice. From the initial response on October 28 to the ongoing efforts, the resolve of the Queen Creek police and the support of the FBI underscore the importance of this case. The community's response, from candlelight vigils to "Light Up the Night" signs, reflects a collective desire for safety and justice.

 As the investigation proceeds, the Queen Creek Police Department and the FBI are actively seeking information that could lead to an arrest. In a significant development, the FBI has joined the investigation, underscoring the gravity of the situation. The FBI is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information that leads to the identification, arrest, and conviction of the individuals responsible for this tragic incident.

The collaboration between local police and federal authorities signifies a robust approach to solving this crime. The community's involvement is crucial in this endeavor. Anyone with information, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant, is encouraged to come forward. Tips and leads can be the key to unlocking this case and bringing closure to Preston's family and the community.

To contact the Queen Creek Police Department, individuals can call (480) 358-3575 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For those who have information that they wish to report directly to the FBI, the agency has established a toll-free tipline: 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324). Additionally, photos and videos related to the case can be submitted to the FBI via theirdedicated webpage for this investigation.

The cooperation between the community, local law enforcement, and the FBI is a powerful testament to the collective resolve to seek justice for Preston Lord. As the investigation continues, this united front remains committed to uncovering the truth and ensuring that those responsible for this heinous crime are held accountable.
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