AT&T officials are offering a $60,000 reward and will distribute 600 fliers in the neighborhood where Kenneth Cleveland was killed in an effort to bring the longtime AT&T employee’s killer to justice.
Cleveland, 61, of Hewitt, was killed April 22 while repairing a phone line in the 500 block of Novelty Street.
Cleveland, a 43-year AT&T employee, suffered blunt-force and cutting injuries and his body was set on fire, according to records filed in the case.
Debbie Keel, AT&T external affairs regional director for the Waco area, said Monday that Cleveland was a dedicated family man, a trusted employee and a “person with a big heart who would help anybody who needed it.”
“We just want people to know that we at AT&T are very committed to doing anything we can to bring whoever is involved in this to justice,” Keel said. “Ken was a dedicated employee of 43 years, he was admired by his co-workers and this was a senseless, tragic event that was deeply felt in the AT&T community.”
Keel said she hopes the reward will encourage someone with knowledge about the death to contact the Waco Police Department. She referred questions about the pending investigation to Waco police.
She said AT&T will put up 600 fliers in stores and around the neighborhood where Cleveland’s body was found.
Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said the investigation into Cleveland’s death is ongoing. He said he hopes the reward will assist police in finding the person or those responsible.
Cleveland started working for Southwestern Bell as an operator in July 1972. He spent most of his career as a customer service technician.
A witness reported smoke in the area about two hours before the body was found. Police first thought Cleveland was electrocuted, but a medical examiner’s report revealed injuries to his head, back, shoulders, neck and chest.
Cleveland had seven daughters, 21 grandchildren and one great-grandson.