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Reward for Info on the James Clement Murder Increased to $25K

Police and family members are looking for information on who killed 82-year-old James Clement in Fords two years ago.

Dennis Clement can't sleep. 

It's closing in on three years since his in his King George Post Road home. No one has been arrested for the crime.

In March, Dennis offered a $5,000 reward to try and scare up some information about his father's killer. There were no takers.

Now the grieving son has upped the reward to $25,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the killer who murdered James Clement in Fords in 2010.

"We sat back for 2-1/2 years. Nothing's happened," said Dennis Clement. "We need to find out who did this and prosecute them. 

"Put them in jail, and whoever gives us the information can have the money."

Police found the beaten and broken body of Clement inside the home he had built with his own hands a half-century before. Despite a massive effort by Woodbridge police and county investigators, they were unable to come up with a line on who did it. 

Dennis is hoping the $25,000 reward will shake some information out.

His father's murder, more than two years later, still preys on his mind.

"I'm very upset, I'm up every night. I can't sleep," Dennis said. "There's nothing I can do about it. The detectives claim they have no leads. I call them all the time."

Although James Clement was in his 80s, he was an active and healthy man, his son remembered. "He used to belong to a walking club inside a mall. That's where he got his exercise."

One day, not long before he was killed, Dennis said his father told him he dropped out of the walking club. He had taken to walking on the streets of Fords to get exercise. 

Dennis thinks that maybe someone was watching his father, and that person could be the killer. Police in March, when Dennis Clement first announced the initial reward, said they thought that James Clement knew his killer.

"Please, anyone who has information, call the police," Dennis said. "I want my father's killer to be brought to justice. I want to have some peace."

To Offer Information in the Death of James Clement:

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Tim Laughery of the Woodbridge Police Department at 732-634-7700, or Investigator Scott Crocco of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at 732-745-4471.

In addition, Crime Stoppers of Middlesex County Inc. is offering cash rewards to anyone who wants to provide information anonymously.

The phone number is: 1-800-939-9600. The website is middlesextips.com. Text messages may be sent to 274637 (CRIMES) with the keyword ‘’midtip’’ followed by a message.

Those who call will be given instructions on how to collect cash rewards by using a numerical code that will be recognized by a local bank, which will pay the rewards following approval by Crime Stoppers of Middlesex County Inc.

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