Reward in Monique Marlowe murder case upped to $50K

Monique Marlowe

Monique Marlowe

The reward has been doubled in the unsolved 2012 murder of a young woman at a Duluth rental car facility.

Gwinnett County police announced Thursday that Hertz Rent-A-Car had increased its reward to $50,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the Sept. 21, 2012 murder of 24-year-old Monique Marlowe. The company previously offered $25,000 in the homicide that happened outside its branch on Satellite Boulevard in Duluth.

Few leads in the case have been fruitful and no suspect or person of interest has ever been identified.

“It is possible that witnesses have not yet come forward, and also possible that witnesses did not realize that what they saw is important,” police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith said. “We are hopeful that the increased reward will encourage anyone with information to come forward.”

Marlowe was a standout student, musician and athlete at Apalachee High School and a graduate of the University of Georgia. An employee at Hertz, she was cleaning out a car at the Duluth facility when an assailant described only as a black male wearing a blue shot approached her, shot once and fled.

Marlowe later died at the hospital.

The incident occurred during the afternoon rush hour and next to a Gwinnett County Transit station, yet no one has reported seeing or hearing anything that day. A motive is not clear — Marlowe had nothing of value with her during the incident — and the lone, vague suspect description came from the young woman herself as she was being loaded into an ambulance.

Anyone with information is asked to call Gwinnett County police detectives at 770-513-5300 or Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS. Those who call Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous, but tipsters must provide contact information to be eligible for the $50,000 reward from Hertz.