Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

December 19, 2012

Armstrong family offers $5K reward

Father searching for Kelly Armstrong’s body.

From staff reports

— The family of Kokomo resident Kelly Armstrong, who police believe was killed in 2011, is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to her remains.

Armstrong’s father, David Armstrong, said he continues to disbelieve what Kokomo police have said about Kelly’s disappearance.

Her boyfriend, Travis Funke, has been charged with murder in her death and is awaiting a January trial date in the Howard County jail.

Police said Funke confessed to disposing of Kelly Armstrong’s body by placing her into a city trash tote July 8, 2011.

Police found a large amount of blood soaked into the floorboards of a trailer she shared with Funke prior to her disappearance last summer. Police searched a Wabash County landfill for six days but never found a body.

Armstrong’s family, represented by her mother, Teresa Edwards, and her father, David Armstrong, have been frequently critical of the police and the prosecutor’s office in the handling of the case.

Now David Armstrong said he’s willing to offer a reward, but said the information has to lead to the recovery of Kelly’s remains.

“It can’t just be that ‘you’ve got to go look in a barrel in a field somewhere,’” he said. “We have to find her, and the remains have to be tested.”

Anyone with information can call David Armstrong at 574-398-8035.