Three North Lake Brownwood homeowners associations are jointly offering a $3,000 reward for information leading to an arrest, indictment and conviction in the murder of North Lake Brownwood resident Chantay Blankinship.
    Blankinship, 25, died of “blunt force trauma,” and investigators have recovered a suspected murder weapon, Sheriff George Caldwell said. He declined to elaborate but said the sheriff’s office hopes the reward will spur information that will help in the investigation.
    The Thunderbird Bay, Tamarack Mountain and Harbor Point associations are jointly offering $1,000 each, Thunderbird Bay association president Larry Harding said.
    “All our citizens are still saddened and very concerned at the death of this young lady,” Harding said. “Everybody’s concerned and hoping there will be an arrest made to alleviate fears of this person doing this again.”
    Blankinship, 25, was last seen near her home the evening of May 13. Her body was found May 15 in an abandoned structure on County Road 424, about 5 miles from her home, sheriff’s officials have said.
    Investigators have interviewed, and cleared, about a half-dozen suspects, Caldwell said. Investigators have not recovered Blankinship’s cell phone but are sifting through cell phone records related to her call logs, the sheriff said.
    When asked if investigators have any theories in the murder, Caldwell quoted an adage of investigating crimes: “You never develop a theory and try to make the evidence fit the theory,” Caldwell said.
    “We don’t know where the assault occurred. We just know where her body was found.”
    Caldwell said he’s confident the case will be solved, but until it is, deputies “are all taking it personally.”
    Texas Ranger Jason Shea, who is assisting in the investigation, has “worked tirelessly,” Caldwell said.