Reward for Information on 2018 Lake Co. Murder of Evelyn Ware Upped to $15,000

It has been two years since police believe a woman was murdered and her body found after a Lake County house fire.

Thursday state police upped the reward for information leading to the killer’s arrest.

In 2018, police say Evelyn Ware’s body was found in the rubble of the fire at her home in Ellsworth Township.

State police are now offering a $15,000 reward.

The Medical Examiner’s Office ruled her death a homicide.

But investigators have yet to release how she died, saying it’s important information to withhold for the investigation.

About a month after her death, state police offered $5,000 for a reward for information in the case.

Evelyn was well loved in her community and MSP Det. Sgt. Joe McMillan said her murder shocked many.

“Evelyn did have several people who called her mom. She was an emblem, an icon if you will, in the community. She mothered to many, many people that were in the community. Some that were her not only her own, but some that were not her own. Some that were her blood, and many that were not,” he said.

The money is coming from an anonymous donor and the Detroit Crimes Commission.

If you know anything about this case, contact Michigan State Police or the Cadillac Area Silent Observer tip line.