The Richmond Register

December 9, 2009

Reward offered in Tribble murder case

Death initially ruled accidental fall, later called homicide

By Brian Smith

The family of a Richmond woman killed last year is offering a $1,000 reward for information that helps capture her killer.

JoAnn “Margie” Tribble, 78, was found seriously injured with a head wound inside her Teakwood Drive home around 1 a.m. July 21, 2008. Police and EMTs were called to Tribble’s home after a family member found her unconscious but breathing, and she was transported by ambulance to Pattie A. Clay Regional Medical Center.

She later died at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington.

Tribble’s son, Eddie Tribble, is offering a $1,000 cash reward “for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible” for her death.

Police initially ruled Tribble’s death an accidental fall, but the death was ruled a homicide after an autopsy by the state medical examiner’s office. The autopsy uncovered evidence that Tribble was struck in the back of the head, and her injuries were not consistent with an accidental fall.

Richmond Police Department spokesman Sgt. Willard Reardon said last month that the department’s investigation into the death was ongoing.

The department’s crime scene processing unit had collected evidence at Tribble’s home after the death even though police did not initially suspect foul play, Reardon said shortly after Tribble’s death.

Eddie Tribble said the family’s decision to offer a reward was motivated in part by the length of the investigation, as many of his mother’s friends and family members have died since her killing.

“It’s destroyed so many people’s lives,” Tribble said.

Tribble also said the family has hired a private investigator to assist in the search for his mother’s killer.

Anyone with information about JoAnn Tribble’s murder is asked to call 1-859-229-1965. Callers will be kept confidential, Eddie Tribble said. Information also can be e-mailed to

Brian Smith may be reached at or at 624-6694.