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Sheriff offers $5,000 reward for info on missing murderer

It’s been almost three days since a convicted murder was mistakenly released from the Moss Justice Center in York County, and investigators with the York County Sheriff’s Office are now offering a reward for 31-year-old Thomas Aaron Whitlock.

York County Sheriff’s Office spokesman  Lt. Mike Baker said Wednesday there’s now a 5-thousand dollar reward for information leading to Whitlock’s arrest.

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Whitlock was convicted of second-degree murder in 2009 and was being held at the Moss Justice Center on drug charges.

He was released Monday just after 3 p.m. and it wasn’t until 1 p.m. Tuesday that investigators realized he was free.

Baker says there was a reason the public wasn’t notified of his disappearance until Tuesday night.

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Whitlock does have family in Rock Hill, and Wednesday afternoon, Whitlock’s brother, Derrick Whitlock told our news partner CN2 that he needs to turn himself in.

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Whitlock is a 31-year-old black man, 5-feet 11-inches tall weighing 144 pounds.

If you have any information that may help authorities in finding Whitlock, you’re asked to call the York County Sheriff’s Office at 803-628-3059.

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