FBI, Columbus Police Raise Reward For Michael Registe

June 25, 2008

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - More money is now on the table for information in the double murder of Brian Kilgore and Randy Newton.

Nearly one year ago, the two Hardaway High school graduates were found shot to death at Cross Creek apartments off Steam Mill Road.

The FBI and Columbus Police held a news conference this morning on the search for their suspected killer.

For the past year, any information leading to the arrest of Michael Jason Registe would have payed $5,000.

The FBI announced that reward will be raised to $20,000.

Investigators say they believe several people know where he is, and hope this money will help persuade more people to come forward with information.

Brian Kilgore's father was at the press conference, and pleaded to the public for their help in searching for his son's killer.

"Mr. Registe has no conscience, no regard for human life, he was a dangerous threat to society, and a repeat offender that needs to be taken off the streets," said Gui Kilgore.

The search for Registe has gone worldwide, with Interpool even getting involved.

Columbus Police Chief Ricky Boren confirmed reports of sightings of Registe within the last month here in Columbus... but that information turned out to be false.

Investigators do belive relatives and friends here in Columbus and Atlanta have harbored Registe during his time on the run...and those people will be prosecuted if discovered.

He may be operating under an assumed name...but police don't think he has changed his appearance.

The family of Randy Newton also urges anybody with any information to please come forward, because the search has gone on for too long, and they want some closure.

If you have any information, you are urged to call Columbus Police at 706-653-3400.