HAMBURG, N.Y. (WIVB) - One month has now come and gone since a brutal murder inside a toy store. Family and friends, as well as police, are still seeking answers.
On June 29, Laurence Wells was found stabbed to death inside the Toys R Us in Hamburg. Despite surveillance pictures, a $26,000 reward, and desperate pleas from family members, his killer remains on the run. A month later, Wells' murder remains a mystery, with few if any leads on who killed him or why.
It was around 4 a.m. on June 29 when a man entered the Hamburg Toys R Us, appearing to have forced his way through one of the front doors. Grainy security video shows the man walking throughout the store unnoticed.
He enters the store's office and cuts off the surveillance equipment. When Wells arrived and went into the office, he was greeted by his killer. Wells was stabbed to death and the man ran, but not before leaving behind at least one clue: a 2007 NCAA Florida Gators championship baseball hat.
Hamburg Police Det. Scott Kashino said, "The guy that committed this murder was wearing this hat inside the building. That's why it's important."
On July 2, police give an update on the investigation, saying DNA found on evidence at the scene was submitted to the national database for comparison. Two days later, Wells was laid to rest.
Though police have looked into numerous leads, they have yet to find someone who can identify the man in the video. And later, investigators say the man's DNA profile does not match anyone in the FBI database.
Jill, the victim's wife of nine years, tells News 4 through Facebook:
"My family's life was changed one month ago by a horrible person. My husband was a wonderful loving, caring person and all he was doing was working at his job at Toys R Us and never returned home to me, our 4-year-old daughter and our little baby girl that he will now not get to meet."
Jill pleads with the public:
"All we ask is if anyone has any information please do not be scared to come forward. We need answers and justice to be served."
Police are looking for a man between 5'9" and 5'11". Anyone with information should call the Hamburg Police Department at 648-5111.
Wells' family and friends are planning a benefit in his honor in September. Proceeds will go to his wife, daughter and unborn child.
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