Young family wants justice for brother’s murder

By Clinton Randall clintonrandall@civitasmedia.com

March 7, 2014

GREENVILLE – The family of 1997 murder victim Dennis Young are hoping that a $10,000 cash reward will entice someone to finally offer the information needed to resolve the case and bring a suspect to justice.

The Young family has made it public that they will add $9,000 to the recently published amount of $1,000 being offered by the Darke County Crime Stoppers.

In February the Darke County Crime Stoppers re-launched the cash reward offer for the 17-year-old unsolved double murder in hopes that someone will finally give investigators the information needed to make an arrest. Since the new reward information went public, hundreds of comments have been posted online and has breathed new life into the community’s interest in the case.

“Social media has made things more possible to handle things much more quickly,” stated Det. Eric Roberts of the Greenville Police Department. “Facebook comments have generated leads and continue to keep the case fresh in the minds of the community.”

Dennis, who was 55 at the time of his death along with 33-year-old Kimberly Stephan, were found deceased in Young’s home on the 1300 block of Chippewa Drive in Greenville after they were discovered to have been gunned down on Feb. 23, 1997. Police have questioned a person of interest, but no charges have been filed and the case has been at a standstill for several years.

“We just want to finally see this case solved,” Dennis’ younger brother Stephen Young told The Daily Advocate. “Our mother passed away six years ago with a heavy heart of not knowing and with me having cancer, I don’t want the die without justice being served for who did this.”

Dennis was the oldest of four siblings. Stephen and his two sisters live in Greenville, while another brother resides in Arizona. The family hopes that the large cash reward, which is double the original $5,000 reward offered in 1997, will push someone with details needed to finally bring the justice for their beloved brother and Kimberly.

“Denny was the bright spark in our family. We all miss him and think about him every day,” Stephen told The Daily Advocate. “We used to go to his house every week for little get togethers. He always made sure we all stayed close.”

According to Stephen, Dennis had many heart-related surgeries and treatments at a younger age and was finally getting on the road to a healthier life just months before he was murdered. He had many friends in Darke County and was a manager at the local Speedway in Greenville.

“Many members of the community used to stop in Speedway every morning for coffee and to just stop and talk with him. He was just a great guy,” Stephen concluded.

If you have any information related to this tragic double homicide, contact Detective Eric Roberts at the Greenville Police Department at 937-548-4150 or call the Darke County Crime Stoppers 24 hour private Tipline at 937-547-1661. You can also submit tips online at darkecountycrimestoppers.com/tips. Local businesses that are willing to display a reward flier are urged to visit the unsolved crimes page on the Crime Stoppers website to download the printable pdf.