PAULDING COUNTY, Ga. — On Oct. 13, 2005, Regan Wheeler was shot to death in the driveway of his own home.
Fifteen years later, the killer has yet to be caught.
On Tuesday, on what is the anniversary of Wheeler's death, the Paulding County Sheriff's Office said they are hoping a newly-increased reward for information will help generate new leads in the cold case.
For years, both the sheriff's office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation have been working to uncover what happened on the night Wheeler was killed. The FBI also recently joined the investigation, as well.
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While the case has remained unsolved, detectives and agents in the sheriff's office "believe that someone out there has a key piece of information that they have kept to themselves for the past 15 years."
It could be a piece of information - no matter how small - that they believe could lead to an arrest in the case.
Now - in addition to the previous $14,000 reward from Crime Stoppers of Greater Atlanta - the FBI has put up an additional $16,000 for any information that could lead to an arrest. Wheeler's family has also opened a GoFundMe account in order to raise additional funds to contribute to the reward.
Wheeler, according to deputies, was a man of faith and was active in the Paulding County community.
The 54-year-old taught Sunday school at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, in Powder Springs, Georgia; he preached on the street; and he taught the word of God in jails throughout Georgia, including ministering to those behind bars at the Paulding County Jail every Sunday.
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He was gunned down in broad daylight just outside his Dallas, Georgia home after he interrupted, what investigators believe was, a burglary in progress.
“It wasn't supposed to end that way,” said his still-distraught widow, Paula Wheeler told 11Alive two years ago, on the 13th anniversary of his death. “You're supposed to grow old together and live happily ever after. I guess our happily ever after will come in heaven.”
If anyone has any information about the cold case murder, they are asked to call Crime Stoppers Atlanta at (404) 577-TIPS, the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division at (770) 443-3015, or the GBI Region 1 Office at (706) 624-1424.