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Open Pantry Food Marts of Wisconsin Offering $5,000 Reward in Unsolved Case
MADISON — Town of Madison Police Chief Scott T. Gregory announced today during a news conference at the Town of Madison Police Department that Open Pantry Food Marts of Wisconsin has offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone responsible for the death of Andrew M. Nehmer at the Open Pantry Food Mart on South Park Street in April of 1986. The Town of Madison Police Department continues to investigate this case with assistance from the Department of Justice (DOJ) – Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Cold Case Unit.
Nehmer was a 20-year-old University of Wisconsin – Madison student working as a store clerk when he was stabbed to death during an armed robbery at the Open Pantry Food Mart, located at 2201 South Park Street. His body was found in the early morning hours in the store’s parking lot on Tuesday, April 22, 1986. As part of an effort to generate new leads, The Wisconsin Clearinghouse for Missing and Exploited Children and Adults has created a poster for public display. Click Here for Poster
In accepting Open Pantry’s donation toward a reward, Chief Gregory said the following:
“Twenty-seven years ago this month, a homicide was committed in the Town of Madison. The senseless and brutal murder of a young and promising university student, Andrew Nehmer, at the Open Pantry Food Mart left his family and friends grieving and struggling for answers to his untimely death. Decades later Andrew’s loved ones still yearn for those answers and for justice to be brought to those responsible.
To that end, the Town of Madison Police Department, in conjunction with the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Cold Case Unit, continues in our commitment to Andrew Nehmer, his family, and the community as we move forward in uncovering the truth and in bringing this case to resolution within the criminal justice system.
Today, aiding us in the effort is the Open Pantry Food Marts of Wisconsin, who has generously offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for Andrew’s murder. We thank Open Pantry for their commitment to Andrew, his family, and our community.
As this matter has been investigated over the years, and again more recently, case detectives believe there are a number of people yet present in the Madison community who hold valuable information concerning this crime. We are asking those individuals to re-examine their conscience and come forward to provide that information to law enforcement, and by doing so, allow the criminal justice system the proper outcome in this tragic case.”
While appreciative of Open Pantry’s generous donation toward a reward, the family of Andrew Nehmer has declined to make any additional comments and asks the media to respect their privacy at this time.
Anyone with information about this case should contact the Town of Madison Police Department at 608-210-7253, or after hours at 608-661-8477.