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$10,000 reward offered

A $10,000 reward has been offered for information about a local teen who has been missing for nearly 20 years and is presumed murdered.

At the request of 31st Judicial District Attorney General Lisa Zavogiannis, Gov. Bill Lee has announced a $10,000 reward from the state of Tennessee for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the disappearance and murder of Ramona Priest.

Priest was 19 when she was last seen Feb. 9, 2001 outside an establishment where local bands would meet to play music and was referred to as “The Underground” located on the back side of McMinnville Plaza Shopping Center.

Through years of work, Zavogiannis says investigators have uncovered key information about the case, but she says they are releasing few details at this time. She said Thursday she expects the $10,000 reward to produce a number of new leads.

Investigators with the TBI, the 31st Judicial District Attorney’s Office and McMinnville Police Department are asking persons with any information that may help solve this case to call Detective Capt. Nichole Mosley at 473-3386 or District Attorney General Investigator Jack Matheny at 474-0622. 

The $10,000 reward will be paid upon the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for her disappearance and murder.