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Family offers $10,000 reward

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PLEASANT GROVE — The family of a Pleasant Grove woman slain in April is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of anyone responsible for her death.

The reward was announced Monday by Pleasant Grove Police Capt. Cody Cullimore.

Mina Pajela, 54, a Utah County businesswoman, was found dead April 25. She had been shot in the head.

"Evidence and witnesses in this case have established solid investigative leads that indicate a specific suspect or suspects and an apparent motive for this crime," according to a statement released by Cullimore.

"However, police are seeking additional information that may provide the necessary evidence to make an arrest in this incident."

Pajela's body was found in the parking lot of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, 210 N. 600 West.

A burning cloth was stuffed in the gas tank, an apparent attempt to burn the car with the body inside.

Police said witnesses who rushed to extinguish the fire also saw a woman fleeing. Investigators believe Pajela was shot elsewhere and driven to the parking lot.

Cullimore previously told the Deseret News that police believe Pajela was killed to cover up financial crimes being committed within her own business.