FREEHOLD - Authorities have increased the reward for information that will help them find a Monmouth County woman who disappeared nearly four months after she survived a shooting.
Tyrita Julius was last seen March 8 after having lunch with a friend. The friend told police Julius was dropped off at the Long Branch train station so she could return to Linden, where she lives.
Julius was undergoing physical therapy after she was shot several times in her torso and pelvic area while entering her car in Linden with her 15-year-old daughter in November 2015. The daughter sustained graze wounds. The gunman fled.
Investigators say that it is possible that the shooting and the Julius’s disappearance are connected. They were out canvassing the Fox Chase community in Tinton Falls Friday, the area where Julius was last seen before she disappeared.
Family members and members of law enforcement held a news conference pleading for the public’s help in the case.
"We’d like to begin to heal and to go on forward with our lives,” says Claudia Scruggs, a relative. “We beg of you, please let us know where she is."
Monmouth County Crime Stoppers and Union County Crime Stoppers are jointly offering a reward of up to $15,000.
The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.