At the advice of the D.A. and a local attorney, the terms of the reward are set and approved. If after ninety (90) days, the person or persons responsible have not been identified, the reward funds that have been collected will be donated to the American Liver Foundation in Michael’s name, per the desire of the Dutra Family.
As such, flyers, pamplets, signs, etc are now being distributed and anyone and everyone is asked and encouraged to help. There are 3 flyers that have been created which you can download and print at the links below. If you choose to help, we ask that you inquire with any and all business/property owners before hanging them on doors, windows, etc. We need to be respectiful of individual owners rights and policies. Some business owners may have a 'black and white' policy when it comes to 'post no bills'. Please respect that.
Consider areas of frequent visit and high traffic for posting, especially where there is a captive audience. Ideas include: gas pumps, drive thru speaker/microphones, coffee/donut shops, ATMs, bars, restaurants, hair salons, libraries, schools, post offices, banks, grocery stores, universities, schools, RMVs, and so on.
Thank you for your time and consideration into helping get this information out there!REWARD FLYERS: If your are able/willing to help print and distribute flyers, you can download and print them using the links below:
8.5 x 11 Color Version- See more at: http://www.youcaring.com/other/justice-for-michael-dutra-reward-/97273#sthash.mXF84nxs.dpuf
8.5 x 11 Grayscale version with "tear-offs" at the bottom. Use scissors to cut the dotted vertical lines at the bottom. Good for bulletin boards, etc.
8.5 x 11 Grayscale "2-UP" version. Smaller, more condensed version. Fold in half and tear or cut at fold. 2 per sheet.
Article from the Tauton Gazette with the latest information regarding the new evidence: New evidence narrows search in Middleboro hit and run that killed Taunton man
This just in from Michelle Dutra, Michael's daughter:
"The evidence from the crime lab points to a BLACK 2005-2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee as the vehicle that killed my Dad. Please SHARE! Please keep an eye out! Please report any tips to the Middleboro Police 508-947-1212"
Just a quick update today: Because of the great response and level of donations, it was suggested by the State Police to have a lawyer create and review some legal documention for the reward to protect everyone involved. Thank you all for getting it to the level it is today!
Once that is finalized, we will continue to distribute flyers and bulletins throughout the area to continue to spread the word and expand the search!
Thank you all so very much!
What can we say? The response and donations have been unbelievable and they continue to come in! We thank each and every one of you so very very much!
A grassroots campaign is forming via the facebook group: Justice for Michael Dutra. If you'd like to stay involved and are already on facebook, click the link above and join.
As we begin the next step of flyer distibution and working on getting the story and police description out to the masses, we are going to once again shoot for a new donation goal: $3500.00
As the flyers and signs are distributed, we're hoping the effort and message really starts to spread. Thank you all so much for simply coming here and taking interest in Michael's story!
Today is Michael's funeral and should be about remembering Michael and circling around the family, offering help and support during their healing process.
Michael's obituary can be found at the link below:
Michael Dutra's Obiturary from The Enterprise
We thank you all so very much for your kind words, donations, and support!
The funeral services for Michael Dutra will be held Friday at the Crapo Hathaway funeral home at 350 Somerset Avenue in Taunton, MA. Phone: (508) 822-3318
Boston Globe Correspondent Michele Morgan Bolten put together a nice article here detailing the story to date. Thank you Michele!Middleborough family wants answers in bicyclist's death
What an amazing and unbelievable response in the first 12 hours alone. To wake up to see an entirely new column of digits added to the total donated: simply amazing.
Thank you so very much for taking the time out and giving so generously to this cause! Every donation truly does have a voice, and do realize, even if less than half of the people who are members of the Middleboro Helping Middleboro Facebook page donated $1.00, that's over $1,000 toward the reward alone! No donation is too small!
The simple fact that there haven been so many donations coming in at over $5.00 (even a $500 donation from "JC" - WOW!!) as well as Anonymously, is speaking volumes as to how strongly the people of Middleboro and the general public feel about this cause.
We simply cannot thank you enough!!
"The State Police are now interested in a Blue-ish Jeep Grand Cherokee. Please continue to pass along any leads to the police. ANY damage to a right front end and ANY suspicious behavior." - Michelle Dutra-