A LaPorte man was arrested today on a charge of murder, in connection with
the unsolved slaying of a LaPorte girl in 1993, the Indiana State Police
Jason L. Tibbs, 38, was taken into custody after a traffic stop and
transported to LaPorte County Jail, where he was being held without bond,
Tibbsí arrest follows a five-year cold-case investigation into the slaying
of 16-year-old Rayna Rison by ISP Det. Sgt. Al Williamson and LaPorte PD Det.
On March 26, 1993, Risonís father reported her missing after she failed to
return home after working a shift at the Pine Lake Animal Hospital in
LaPorte. Risonís disappearance received nationwide news coverage at the
time, including on an episode of Americaís Most Wanted.
One month later, on April 27, 1993, Risonís body was found in a pond near
Range Road in LaPorte County and an autopsy resulted in her deathís being
ruled a homicide.
The ISP released no other information today about Tibbsí arrest but did say
that the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about this case
is asked to contact Williamson at (800) 552-8917 or Airy at (219) 62-9446