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DULUTH, Ga. – Nearly three years after a 25-year-old woman was shot to death in Duluth, police are at a dead end in their investigation, and her family has been able to increase the reward in the case to $100,000.

But there is a time limit of 90 days on that higher amount -- for a reason.

Monique Marlowe worked at the Hertz Rental Cars location that, at the time, was on Satellite Boulevard near Pleasant Hill Road. She was in the parking lot in back on September 21, 2012, cleaning one of the rental cars, getting it ready for another customer, when a man ran up to her, shot her once, left her for dead and ran away.

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Her family hopes the $100,000 reward for 90 days will encourage those with information to hurry up and call police.

"I'm an older guy," Monique's 74-year-old father, Dan Marlowe, said Tuesday.

He is fighting leukemia -- and the grief of losing his only child.

"And I'd like to see the person that did this pay the price for it," he said.

Dan Marlowe can think of little else but Monique, and seeing justice for her.

Monique graduated from the University of Georgia in 2009. Her major was International Business. She earned her degree at a time when corporations were downsizing, not hiring, during the recession.

She finally found an entry-level job at Hertz and was working hard, her father said, doing everything asked of her and more, building up a loyal customer base, hoping to climb the corporate ladder.

Then she was inexplicably the target of a gunman who seemingly just wanted to kill someone and get away with it.

Tuesday, police announced that Monique's family had come up with an extra $50,000 to add to the $50,000 reward Hertz is offering, and was placing a 90-day time limit on that extra $50,000, thinking that it might provide incentive for someone who knows something to come forward in time for Dan to see a suspect arrested.

"It takes a very, very small amount of information to break an investigation," said Gwinnett Count Police Corporal Deon Washington. "And our hope is that someone that has information about this investigation contacts the police department."

Monique always wore a Disney necklace, but it has been missing since the day she died. Maybe someone has seen it; maybe that will be the lead that helps crack the case.

"Almost every photograph we have, she's wearing that necklace," Marlowe said. "It's something that she wore basically every day."

In the moments before Monique died from the gunshot wound, she was able to say the gunman was not someone she knew, and she was able to give a vague description of him.

"A young, black male, wearing a blue T-shirt," Cpl. Washington said.

Police and the Marlowe family think that, by now, maybe the killer has told someone something about what he did, and maybe that person will finally come forward for $100,000 -- and soon.

"The conscience is a powerful thing inside of a human being," Cpl. Washington said. "And oftentimes when a person commits this type of act, they want to share it with someone." Washington said that "someone" can help police and the community -- and help comfort a grieving father -- by telling police.

"I wake up and, automatically, I'm thinking of her," Marlowe said. "And at night, I'm thinking of her, last thing."

He sighs.

"It's just an awful, awful thing to happen," he said.

The Gwinnett County Police detective on the case has since left the Homicide Unit, but he's still with the department, and still personally working this case -- still trying to get that tip that leads him to Monique Marlowe's killer.

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Here is the statement about the case and the reward, from the Gwinnett County Police Department. The contact information is at the end of the statement.

(Duluth, Georgia) On Friday, September 21, 2012, officers assigned to the Central Precinct were dispatched to a Person Shot call at the Hertz Rental Car Company at 3492 Satellite Boulevard in Duluth. When the officers arrived, they located a 25-year old victim who was suffering from a gunshot wound to her abdomen. The victim, Monique Marlowe, was at the rear of the business surrounded by co-workers who were attempting to give her first aid while awaiting police and ambulance arrival.

Prior to being transported to the hospital, Monique told the officers that she didn't know the person who shot her. She described the suspect as a black male wearing a blue shirt.

Soon after arriving at the hospital, Monique died of her injuries.

During the investigation, investigators learned that Monique was at the rear of the business cleaning a rental vehicle when the crime occurred. While she was cleaning the car, she was approached by a black male. Shortly after she was confronted, the suspect shot her with a handgun and fled the area. It is unknown if he left the area on foot or in a vehicle.

Officers saturated the area and conducted area searches and dumpster searches in an attempt to identify a suspect or discover evidence in this case. Despite the heavy presence of officers, no credible leads could be established. Over the next several days and weeks, scheduled canvases of the area were conducted by officers and detectives. Again, no credible leads were uncovered.

As we approach the 3-year anniversary of this event, the family of Monique Marlowe is hoping that someone will come forward with information which could help identify the suspect in this case.

Hertz Rental Car Company has offered a $50,000 reward for information which leads to an arrest and conviction of the suspect. Additionally, the family of the victim is offering another $50,000 for information which leads to an arrest and conviction. (The family's reward is only available to someone who gives credible information within 90 days of this media release: 07/07/2015.)

If anyone has any information to share in this case, please contact Detective C.J. Robertson at 770 513-5300.

To remain anonymous, tipsters should contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or visit www.crimestoppersatlanta.org. Crime Stoppers tipsters can receive up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case. The $100,000 reward is not available through Crime Stoppers.

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