Family of slain businessman Renken offers $10,000 reward for information

Matthew Renken

The family of slain businessman Matthew Renken has posted a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of his killer.

Cpl. Fred Bowie, a Charleston police officer who serves as the local Crime Stoppers coordinator, said he met with the family this morning and received a check for the reward money. Crime Stoppers will now print up fliers and work to get out the word about the reward.

Bowie said Renken’s family did not wish to issue any statements about the reward.

North Charleston police investigators believe Renken, 39, was fatally shot between 10 p.m. on April 22 and 1 a.m. the following morning at his Dorchester Road business, Port City Liquors.

Renken’s stepfather found his body under a table inside the liquor store after Renken did not return home to James Island. He had been shot once in the head. Broken Grand Marnier bottles and an unhooked phone were nearby.

A pistol owned by Renken was found by his side, but police have not said whether it fired the fatal shot.

The killer or killers appear to have entered the store through an unlocked door after Renken arrived to count the store’s proceeds and prepare for the next business week, police said. Investigators found signs of a struggle in the store, he said.

Late last month, police revealed that Renken’s gold Rolex watch was missing when his body was found. They hoped that clue would play a key role in solving the killing, but so far no arrests have been made.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 554-1111 or 1-888-CRIME-SC or on the web at Anonymous tips can be sent by text to CRIMES (274637) by marking the beginning of the message with “CSL.”

All contact with Crime Stoppers is anonymous.

Watchdog/Public Service Editor

Glenn Smith is editor of the Watchdog and Public Service team and helped write the newspaper’s Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation, “Till Death Do Us Part.” He is a Connecticut native and a longtime crime reporter.