$5K reward offered in 1980 kidnapping, murder of Tenn. sisters

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DOVER, Tenn. (WKRN) – Governor Bill Haslam announced a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for killing two sisters nearly 36 years ago.

Carla Atkins, 14, and her 16-year-old sister Vickie Stout were last seen alive on Sept. 17, 1980 walking on Highway 79 in Dover, Tennessee, about 70 miles northwest of Nashville.

According to a release, the sisters had walked to a nearby market and never returned home. Two hikers found their bodies on Oct. 5, 1980 in a remote location within Land Between the Lakes National Recreation area.

Authorities said both girls were killed at close range with a shotgun.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, along with the Stewart County Sheriff’s Department, have continued to investigate the case since and new leads have been developed.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is now also assisting in the case.

Anyone with information is urged to call the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.

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