Reward of $30,000 to catch killer of Anne Pressly
The Anne Pressly Reward Fund has raised $30,000 (£20,000) to catch the killer of the television news anchorwoman who was found savagely beaten in her bed.
Miss Pressly died from her injuries on Saturday.
Doctors had been initially been “guardedly optimistic” that the 26-year-old might recover from severe injuries sustained in what police believe was a random burglary on her house in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Miss Pressly, who had a small role in the George Bush biopic W, was discovered by her mother at 4.30am last Monday morning, half an hour before she was due to present the local station KATV’s Daybreak show.
She was lying unconscious and bleeding from the head after being hit repeatedly in the face, head and neck with a blunt instrument.
On Saturday, doctors said the swelling in her brain had improved and they were reducing her sedatives.
However, late that night, her former channel KATV announced that she had died.
The Little Rock television station set up the reward fund for anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for her death.
By 10pm, $30,000 (£20,000) had been donated to the Anne Pressly Reward Fund.
Detectives have not completely ruled out that Miss Pressly might have been targeted because of her media profile, but said they had found no evidence to support the theory.
Oliver Stone, the director of W, a cinematic send-up of President George W Bush, reportedly gave her a small part in the film after she visited the set for a story and he noticed her resemblance to Ann Coulter, a conservative pundit.