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Man's Unsolved Murder Brings Community Together

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HENDERSON, Nev. -- Henderson police still have no leads in the death of a local actor. Twenty-three-year-old Josh Dufort's body was discovered by a jogger in November. He was beaten, strangled and died from blunt force to the head.

While nearly two months have passed, his friends and family aren't giving up their fight to find the person responsible.

Josh Dufort moved to Las Vegas with a dream to become a professional actor. Friends say he didn't have a care in the world and don't know why he was targeted. Police have ruled his death a homicide and now members of the local acting community are rallying to catch his killer.

Along Eastern Avenue, at the corner of Pecos Ridge is a memorial. This is where the Dufort's body was found.

"We want his murderer or murderers to be found and brought to justice," said Mary Ellen Branigan, Dufort's friend. She says he didn't have a bad bone in his body.

"Nobody likes a loss like this, especially something so sudden, so tragic and uncalled for," said Matthew Fleming, Dufort's friend.

Like foot soldiers, Dufort's friends are canvassing the community urging anyone who might know something to break their silence.

"Somebody just doesn't randomly die and nobody knows about it," said Flemming.

Thousands of pamphlets have been passed out offering a reward for anyone supplying information that leads to the arrest Dufort's murderer. Anonymous donors have upped the reward to $10,000.

Dracey Branigan barely knew Dufort but has spent hours each day passing flyers out. "I look at it like this if something happened to one of my family members I'd hope people would rally together."

Whether its his picture, a description of what happened or even the money, they're hoping any information will lead to some answers. The last time anyone heard from Dufort was the night he went jogging. Friends say he sounded like he was in trouble.

Dufort was last seen wearing black running shorts, black and white Nike running shoes and a gray hooded sweatshirt with the Michigan State University logo.

Officer Todd Rassmussen with Henderson Police Department says the investigation is on-going and they need some help. Call Crimestoppers at 385-5555 if you wish to remain anonymous.

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