Fund-raiser will increase reward in Lincoln murder case

August 13, 2003|GARY MOYERS

STANFORD - The effort to track down the murderers of Harold "Bo" Upton III and Ryan Shangraw will receive a boost Aug. 24 in the form of a fund-raiser at the Lightning Valley Motorsports Track on U.S. 127 south of Junction City.

Upton, 18, and Shangraw, 20, were killed Feb. 1, 2002, in Shangraw's home in the Hubble community of Lincoln County, and their murderers have not been found.

Gate receipts from the benefit motorsports competition will be used to increase an existing $10,000 reward offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction of the killers.

Persons with information about the case are asked to contact the Kentucky State Police at (859) 623-2404.

There are plans to use a billboard on U.S. 27 between Stanford and Lancaster to ask for information about the crime and advertise a phone number and reward information.


Hasty said it is his understanding that the reward fund, if not used after a certain time, will be used to establish a scholarship fund at Lincoln County High School.

Ed Hasty, owner of Lightning Valley Motorsports Track, said he hopes the benefit will lead not only to more money for the reward but eventually to information that will solve the case.

"It's just a little something we try to do to help out," he said. "We hope we can raise some money to get something going on this. This has really been a tragedy for the families and the community."

The motorsports event will feature ATVs, motorcycles and trucks racing on the new dirt drag strip, and go-karts will race on the oval.

Hasty said the benefit will be the first time both tracks are used at the same time.

"We just built the dirt drag strip this year, and we've never run both on the same night," he said. "We're hoping this will draw more participants and lead to a bigger gate for that night."

Admission is $10 per person, with children 10 and under admitted free.

All receipts from the gate fund will go directly to the reward fund.

Gates will open at 11 a.m., and practice begins at 12:30 p.m.

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