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Area man may in line for sniper reward

October 29, 2002

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The wife of a Montgomery Township, Pa., man who Maryland State Police say may be in line for a reward for making the 911 call that led to the capture of the accused Washington-area snipers Thursday, said Monday she and her husband were on their way to New York in connection with the incident.

Maryland State Police Sgt. Steve Hassett said this weekend that Whitney Donahue may have been the first person to report to 911 the sighting of the men charged in the sniper attacks. The alleged snipers were apprehended at an Interstate 70 rest stop in Frederick County.

Police said Donahue called at 1:17 a.m., a time that may put him in line for a $500,000 reward that was posted for information leading to the capture of the snipers. Police also said the reward may be shared with other individuals who offered vital information to police.

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The men charged in the sniper attacks were caught after being spotting sleeping in a car, a blue 1990 Chevrolet Caprice sedan, at the reststop.

Donahue's wife, Teresa, said Monday that she didn't know any details about why she and her husband were going to New York City, only that it was connected to the incident.

She also said she wasn't glad about the possibility of the reward money, but only that she was glad her husband made the call. He works in areas where the snipers had killed victims, she said.

Whitney Donahue, described by police as being "publicity shy," declined to comment when contacted by phone Monday morning.

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