Two years after Stephen Spina was found stabbed to death in his Mamaroneck Garden home, a $12,500 reward is being offered through New York State Crime Stoppers to encourage anyone with information to come forward. The victim’s family raised $10,000 over the summer, and now NYS Crime Stoppers is contributing an extra $2500 in an effort to re-ignite a case that appears to be stalled. (See: Mamaroneck Man Murdered.)
“We felt that after two years we needed to do something,” said Christina Spina Foley, the victim’s sister, who resides in Florida.
Anyone with information about the Stephen Spina case is asked to call Crime Stoppers: 1-866-313-TIPS.
To speak directly with the Village of Mamaroneck Detective Bureau, call 914-777-7741 or 914-777-7743.
“Our experience is that money has a way of opening the mouths of those who know the who, what and why of crimes such as this,” said the coordinator of New York Crime Stoppers, Robert Keller, at a press conference on Monday, September 28.
“We don’t need to know who you are, just what you know,” explained Mr. Keller. Anyone who comes forward should not fear reprisals, he said, as all calls to Crime Stoppers are kept confidential.
The organization will work with the Mamaroneck Village Police Department, publicizing the reward and using its 24-hour phone lines to gather anonymous tips. During the last eight years, dozens of crimes in Westchester County have been solved because of the program, said Mr. Keller.
Most of the Spina reward funds were raised at a midsummer softball tournament where teams contributed to participate. Ms. Foley, one of Stephen’s four siblings, helped organize the event with a family friend. She thanked the community for making the reward possible.
“The money that we raised from the softball tournament is a testament to how much they loved Stephen,” she said. The family turned to NYS Crime Stoppers for additional support.
“NYS Crime Stoppers is convinced that there are people out there, who are not directly involved with this crime, and know who did it and why,” said Mr. Keller. We need to hear from those people. We need them to call our anonymous tips hot line number 1-866-313-8477 and tell us what they know. “
“We believe that someone will face justice in this case and someone will be going to the bank,” said Mr. Keller. He also had a message for “the person or persons responsible for this senseless crime.”
“ If I were you, I would be getting very worried right about now. The police are conducting a very active investigation and there is now up to a $12,500 reward being offered for information leading to your arrest and conviction.”
“The case is still active and is open,” said Lieutenant James Gaffney, spokesperson for the Mamaroneck Village Police Department. At the time of the death, there was considerable media attention and details about the investigation, but no new information has been released since then.
Stephen Spina was a postal carrier in the Village of Larchmont and a popular umpire with the local Little League. According to his sister, his top priority was spending time with his young daughter, Skyler, who lives with her mother.
Skyler goes through her days with her head high even with the loss of her father, said Mr. Foley. “I’ve never seen a kid so strong.”
Stephen was a loving son, added Ms. Foley. The summer before he died he surprised his mother with a car. “We miss him every day,” she said.