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Salt Lake police offer rare reward in unsolved 2018 killing

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Salt Lake City police announced on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021, a $5,000 reward for the unsolved murder of Wanyun Judd. Judd was shot and killed on Sept. 28, 2018, while she slept.

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SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake police are offering a rare reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever killed a woman as she was sleeping in her bed in 2018.

Wanyun Judd, 47, was asleep in her home, 54 E. Harrison Ave., on Sept. 28, 2018, when a car pulled up in front of her duplex about 6:25 a.m., shots were fired and Judd was struck multiple times. She later died at a local hospital.

No one has ever been arrested in connection with the case. And on Tuesday, Salt Lake police announced a $5,000 reward — something rarely done — for information to help them break the case.

“The reality is we’ve exhausted every investigative technique we have,” said Salt Lake police detective Michael Ruff. “We don’t have anything to go on.”

It was still unknown Tuesday whether the gunman fired from a car or got out and fired into Judd’s home. But detectives still believe she was an “innocent victim” and that she may have been shot in a case of mistaken identity or the gunman got the wrong house.

“We don’t believe she was the target of anything,” Ruff said.

Her husband was home at the time of the shooting but was not injured, he said.

Ruff said it has been a long time since the department has offered a reward on a homicide case. But in this case, “we just feel like we don’t want to give up,” he said.

In addition to the reward, police have purchased billboards to display Judd’s case around the county to raise public awareness about the ongoing investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 801-799-3000 and reference case 18-178543.