Tip Leads to New Search in Officer Bailey Murder Case

Police recruits scour area near Chicago Skyway as reward swells to nearly $140,000

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    Nearly 60 Chicago police recruits walked shoulder-to-shoulder along the Chicago Skyway on Friday, Aug. 13 in a new search for evidence in the shooting death of officer Michael Bailey.

    Nearly 60 police recruits walked shoulder-to-shoulder along the Chicago Skyway on Friday in a new search for evidence in the shooting death of a Chicago police officer.

    Officer Michael Bailey was killed July 18 outside his Gresham home as he cleaned his new car. He was the third Chicago police officer killed in a two month period.

    Police Officer Shot, Killed

    [CHI] Police Officer Shot, Killed
    Scene from the 7400 block of S Evans, where Officer Bailey was shot and killed. (Published Sunday, Jul 18, 2010)

    Police received information that the gunman may have run across the interstate and through a nearby railway yard after the shooting at 74th and Evans.

    "We've been getting a large number of calls from people that have heard things, and we follow-up every lead that we get," said Lt. John McMurray.

    Weis: "If They'll Kill a Police Officer, Who's Next?

    [CHI] Weis:  "If They'll Kill a Police Officer, Who's Next?
    Family and friends of Officer Michael Bailey gathered Wednesday to speak of the late officer's integrity and dedication to his job. (Published Wednesday, Jul 21, 2010)

    The search is in hopes of finding something the gunman may have dropped.

    "If there is anything in these vines and bushes or anything we should be able to see it," McMurray said.

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    Police Supt. Jody Weis and Mayor Daley honored fallen officer Michael Bailey Friday. Mayor Daley used the occasion to exhort citizens to help police do their job. (Published Friday, Jul 23, 2010)

    The reward has swelled to nearly $140,000 for Bailey's killer, who authorities describe as a tall, slim man with a medium dark complexion. The shooter was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, blue jean shorts and an orange-black belt that was hanging off his pants.

    Residents with information are urged to call 1-888-YPO-Shot.