Billboards seek tips in slayings

After nearly nine years, Franklin police know they just need that one tip to help them solve a grisly double murder case.

Investigators hope that tip could come from a motorist passing by one of three billboards around central Indiana pleading for information in the 2006 murders of Chynna and Blake Dickus.

“We’re hoping someone out there will see the billboards and contact us with the information we need to solve the investigation. We believe someone out there has that information,” Franklin Police Sgt. John Borges said.

Police continue to look at previous interviews, look into any new tips and leads and check for any new technology that would help them analyze the evidence they’ve already collected.

“We are trying everything we can just to get that one lead,” Borges said. “We just need that one tip that will help us solve it.”

Recently, Borges, who was chief when the murders happened, reached out to a company that helped shortly after the woman and her stepson were killed. Lamar Advertising previously gave police space on a billboard along State Road 135, south of Bargersville, to ask for tips in the case.

Borges contacted the company in advance of the nine-year anniversary of the murders this summer to see what it could do to help. Within about a day, two electronic billboards went up along Interstate 65, one for traffic heading south near County Line Road and another for vehicles entering Marion County from Boone County. The company also plans to donate space on a permanent billboard along State Road 135.

The signs have pictures of Chynna Dickus, 26, and Blake Dickus, 10, who were murdered in their Franklin home, and information about the $25,000 reward offered in the case and how to anonymously contact police. The reward was smaller the last time the information was on a billboard, so the design had to be changed, and the company did that as well, Borges said.

“It was just great. They helped us out a lot with that,” Borges said.

Investigators continue to look into leads and tips they receive in the case and comb through old information from the first 30 days after the murders, Borges said. Police want to be sure there was nothing they missed, and they work with the Indiana State Police crime lab in case they could use any new technology or methods on the evidence they collected.

“We will continue to expand it from there, to look at whatever is the next step,” Borges said.


If you have information about the 2006 murders of Chynna and Blake Dickus, call Franklin police at 346-1100.

A reward of $25,000 is being offered for information in the case.

Annie Goeller is managing editor of the Daily Journal. She can be reached at or 317-736-2718.