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EL DORADO COUNTY -- It has been more than 30 years, and there are still no arrests in the senseless killing of retired Folsom prison guard Halley Wing.

Now, the El Dorado County Office of the District Attorney is releasing never-before-seen evidence in hopes of solving the case.

“We’re going to find the person, if at all possible, and hold them accountable for their actions,” said El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson as he stood in front of the public memorial for Halley Wing at the community center in Rescue, California.

On June 2, 1986, Halley Wing was shot and killed in his son’s driveway on the family ranch in Rescue.

Wing’s wife Bernice was watching with binoculars as Halley went to check on the house after he noticed an unfamiliar blue sedan drive up. According to witness accounts, one of the two suspects got into the passenger side of Halley’s car and shot him.

“I assumed when it happened, within a month’s time they’d have somebody arrested and headed for court,” said Gene Wing, Halley’s son who still lives on the same property where his father was killed.

After more than three decades, the pain of not knowing who killed Halley still lingers for his remaining children.

“Before I die, I want to see it solved for me and for the rest of the family,” said Margaret Kraintz, Halley’s daughter, who also still lives on the same family ranch where Halley was killed.

Investigators believe the two suspects seen on the Wing property also stole numerous items from the home, including two rifles and two shotguns seen below.

The Wing family is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Halley’s killer.

If you have one of the items listed below, the Wing family is offering a $5,000 reward. Anyone with information should call Chief Investigator Rober Cosley at (530) 903-8468 or email rober.cosley@edcgov.us.

Stolen item descriptions: 

12-gauge Supermatic “high Standar” Model C100. Details: initials “F.D.” near the end of the barrel

Shotgun 1

Winchester 30/30 Lever action Model 94 – Serial number 1159528


Remington .22 Caliber Rifle “Score Master Model 511.” Details: left side of barrel near bold “R779” and right side “W27”

Shotgun2 second image Shotgun 2

Winchester 12 guage Model 97 Antique. Details: Tape on pistol grip

Shotgun final

Other items that were stolen include:

Three Jewelery boxes – details:
(1st) walnut type wood
(2nd) shiny finish wood chest approx. 8″x8″x12″
(3rd) low profile 6″ x 8″ x 2″
Two High school class rings – details:
(1st) El Dorado High School 1955 with blue stone
(2nd) El Dorado High School 1957 with blue stone
One VCR from Sears - front load, silver metallic, Model 934-53160350 Serial Number: 40229713