Police increase reward for info on 2017 Exeter homicide

$6,000 reward could help solve the killing of Denise Spangler, 53, who was found dead in her Exeter home on Christmas Eve 2017

EXETER – The reward for a 2017 Exeter homicide was increased this week with the hope it will provide information that could lead to an arrest in the unsolved case.

Exeter Police Chief John Hall announced Monday at a press conference in Fresno that the reward for information in the killing of Denise Spangler, 53, of Exeter would be $6,000. Spangler was found by family members dead in her home in the 400 block of North Quince Avenue in Exeter on Christmas Eve 2017. An autopsy conducted by the Tulare County Coroner’s Office determined that Spangler died from injuries suffered in an assault and ruled her case as a homicide.

Denise Spangler, 53, was found dead in her Exeter home on Christmas Eve 2017. File photo.

Hall said Valley Crime Stoppers had initially offered a $2,000 reward in the case but to $6,000 after a friend of the family contributed $4,000 in the hopes of bringing her killer to justice.

“We have worked the case continuously and hit a stalemate in terms of workable leads,” said Hall, who was sworn in as police chief just two weeks after Spangler was found. “So we are again asking for the public’s help in identifying who is responsible.”

Spangler was last seen alive on Dec. 8, 2017. The other information known about Spangler is that she was born in Santa Clara, Calif. on Nov. 14, 1964. The family did not hold memorial services but confirmed she is survived by her father, son and three daughters.

This case is currently being investigated as a homicide. Anyone with information relevant to this case is urged to contact the Exeter Police Department at 559-592-3103. The Exeter Police Department made the announcement in conjunction with Valley Crime Stoppers. The nonprofit organization is comprised of local businesses that sponsor donations to Valley Crime Stoppers to pay for rewards for tips that lead to the arrest and conviction of unsolved cases, tracking down wanted persons and other criminal activity. To report information to Crimestoppers call 498-STOP (7867) or visit their web site at www.valleycrimestoppers.org.

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