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Rewards offered in Cherokee cold cases

A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the death of Marie Walkingstick Pheasant. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the death of Marie Walkingstick Pheasant.

Pheasant, 26, was found dead in the Big Cove community on the Cherokee Indian Reservation on Dec. 29, 2013. Cherokee Indian Police Department officers were dispatched to the scene of a burned vehicle on Old Rock Crusher Road shortly after 1 p.m. Pheasant was found inside the vehicle.

Foul play is suspected, and the Cherokee Indian Police Department, the State Bureau of Investigations and the FBI continue to actively investigate Pheasant's death.

In a separate case, Cherokee police said Melvin Herndon was found dead at the intersection of Highway 19 and Jesse Littlejohn Road last year. Police said Herndon died from injuries sustained in an apparent hit and run.

Investigators believe he was hit in the early morning hours of Aug. 3, 2017.

A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for Herndon's death.

Anyone with information about either case is asked to contact the Cherokee Indian Police Department at 828-359-6600.

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