Reward increased to $20,000 for tips in murder of mother, baby on Florida’s Turnpike

Nearly a week after a mother and her daughter were shot and killed while driving on Florida’s Turnpike in Hollywood, authorities have increased the reward for tips that lead to an arrest to up to $20,000.

Beatrice Saintvil and her daughter Janelle Souffrant were shot while driving north on the turnpike shortly after 11 p.m. on June 7 near Mile Marker 49, south of Hollywood Boulevard, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said.

Florida Highway Patrol troopers received reports of the shooting about 30 minutes later and found Saintvil and her daughter inside a car parked in the left emergency lane. Both had been shot, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Janelle was pronounced dead at the scene. Hollywood Fire Rescue took Saintvil to a hospital, where she died.

The Sheriff’s Office did not provide their ages.

Homicide detectives are investigating. The Sheriff’s Office increased the reward for tips to up to $10,000 on Wednesday, and the state Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives matched that amount Thursday, bringing the total up to $20,000.

Authorities ask anyone with information about the shooting, identity or location of the subject or subjects to call BSO Homicide Det. Ryan Schnakenberg at 954-321-4247, submit a tip through the SaferWatch app or anonymously contact Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477, online at browardcrimestoppers.org or by dialing **8477 from any cellphone.

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