Herald News (IL): Sketch of Killer on Mobile Billboard TINLEY PARK -- A flatbed truck carrying a two-sided billboard plastered with the face of the Lane Bryant killer is making its way from Chicago to Indiana to spark fresh tips about the elusive shooter that carried out one of the worst crimes in Tinley Park history.

One of the victims was the store manager, Rhoda McFarland, of Joliet. The truck made its debut Thursday at Union Station in downtown Chicago, then traveled past other Metra train stations there to attract the rush-hour crowd, Cook County Crime Stoppers spokesman George McDade said. Police urge anyone with information about the attacker to contact them.

The gunman is described as a black man between 5-foot-9 and 6 feet tall. He has a husky build with broad shoulders and is between 25 and 35 years old. His hair is braided with three to five corn rows pulled back toward the rear of his head. One braid had four light green beads on the end. The man was wearing a dark, below-the-waist jacket. He wore black jeans with embroidery on the back pockets similar to the cursive "G." The ski cap was charcoal gray in color.

Anyone with information about the Brookside Marketplace killings should call the hot line: (708) 444-5394.

Six-hour drive through region
For six hours a day through Sunday, the truck will drive through Joliet, Romeoville, Bolingbrook, Hazel Crest, East Chicago, Gary and Hammond, Ind., Harvey, Markham, Country Club Hills, Lansing and the east side of Tinley Park. "I'm going to tell people ... stick your head outside your door and look to the left and right," McDade said. "You see somebody who looks like (the billboard), call us."

The killer shot dead five women Feb. 2 at Lane Bryant in the Brookside Marketplace shopping center, 191st Street and Harlem Avenue, in what police say was a botched robbery. A sixth woman was shot in the neck but survived. She helped police craft a sketch.

The 10-foot-by-20-foot traveling sign is similar to the display on digital billboards posted along busy roadways in Crestwood and Maywood, among other towns, McDade said. The signs have a digital image of the killer and a $5,000 reward posted for information that leads to the arrest or conviction of the killer.

Help from community businesses
Clear Channel Outdoor Chicago donated the digital billboard spots in partnership with Crime Stoppers, a nonprofit group that teams up with law enforcement agencies to solve crimes. Chicago police also handed out fliers Thursday with the killer's sketch through its Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy program, known as CAPS.

"I think everybody is sick and tired of crime," McDade said. "I think that the community of Tinley Park and what happened out there has reached to the hearts of everybody."

Brian Younker owns Tinley Park-based Younker Media, whose custom-made truck is advertising the killer's face. The unique truck boasts lights inside to make signs glow at night. "We just thought being a local business we would try to help out and do our part to keep this at the forefront of people's minds," Younker said.