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FIRST ON FOX: The reward for information leading to an arrest in the baffling murder of a married Florida father will be raised to $55,000 Monday, as his shattered widow continues to search for answers, sources told Fox News Digital.
Kristen and Jared Bridegan with their 7-month-old London. (Courtesy of Kirsten Bridegan)
Microsoft executive Jared Bridegan, 33, was shot dead in front of his toddler daughter on February 16 after dropping off two twins from his previous marriage at his ex-wife’s home in Jacksonville Beach.
Bridegan was heading back to his house with his 2-year-old Bexley when he encountered a tire in the middle of the road.
When he stepped out of his vehicle around 7:30 p.m., Bridegan was gunned down with his child still strapped in her car seat.
Jared and Kirsten Bridegan pose for an engagement photo. (Courtesy fo Courtney Fonda )
The terrified tot sat alone for roughly three minutes after the killer fled until a passerby came upon the scene and pulled her out.
Bridegan’s wife, Kirsten Bridegan, was at home with the couple’s other child, London, during the crime.
Police are asking for the public’s help identifying this Ford F-150 in connection to Jared Bridegan’s murder. (Jacksonville Beach Police Department)
The Jacksonville Beach Police Department has not publicly identified any suspects in the case but has released a photo of a dark blue Ford F-150 truck and asked for the public’s health in finding it.
The reward in the case will be upped from $30,000 to $55,000 on Monday, sources told Fox News Digital.
Sgt. Tonya Tator, of the Jacksonville Beach Department, couldn’t immediately be reached for comment. Kirsten Bridegan declined to comment.
Kirsten Bridegan has struggled to piece her life back together after her husband’s shocking death.
Friends and supporters of the Bridegans held a vigil last month calling for justice in the case.
“This community is strong, we are strong and God is the strongest of all, and he will not stand by,” Kirsten Bridegan said at the Jacksonville Beach gathering.
A family portrait of Jared and Kirsten Bridegan. (Infinite Focus Photography/Madeline Insignares)
Jared Bridegan’s ex-wife and twins were not at the vigil. The twins also did not attend his funeral, although they were invited.
The chilling murder of the young dad in an upscale Florida suburb has shaken his community and demands for a resolution in the case have grown with each passing month.
Anyone with information should contact the Jacksonville Beach Police Department at 904-270-1661 or First Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS. A GoFundMe page has been set up for the Bridegan family.