Reward posted in killing 25 years ago

Saturday, November 22nd 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. (AP) -- The family of a corporate attorney murdered 25 years ago isn't giving up on finding her killer.

Relatives of Mildred Louise Everett Vilott, an attorney for Phillips Petroleum Co., posted a $10,000 reward Saturday for the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for the Oct. 18, 1978, killing.

Vilott, 29, a Kansas City, Kan., native, was found dead in her room at the Alameda Plaza Hotel while on a business trip to Kansas City. She had been shot once in the head.

The Tulsa County Sheriff's Office has been working with private investigators from Kansas City on leads in the case.

Investigators believe there are people who have information that can help solve the murder. They want to speak to anyone who knows about a person from the Tulsa area who may have wished Vilott harm and may have followed her from Oklahoma to Kansas City.

Vilott's mother, Marguerite Wolf of Kansas City, and sister, Evelyn Knowles of Colorado, have worked for 25 years to keep her name alive and identify and prosecute her killer.

"The most we can hope for is that the reward will be some kind of an incentive and someone will come forward," Knowles told the Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise.

The reward includes $5,000 from by The Carole Sund/Carrington Memorial Reward Foundation of Modesto, Calif., and $5,000 posted by an anonymous Kansas City donor.

The Sund/Carrington Foundation was formed after three women sightseers -- Carole and Juli Sund and Silvina Pelosso -- disappeared and were found murdered near California's Yosemite National Park in February 1999.