Ortega worked at Allen’s Jewelry and Pawn, which is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to arrest, in addition to a $2,500 Crime Stoppers reward. If you have information, call Crime Stoppers at (828) 255-5050.
Friends of Ortega have pushed for more media attention to this story. There’s a Chris Ortega memorial page on Facebook. WLOS recently ran a story on Ortega. Ortega’s friends are also posting fliers around Asheville.
Asvhegas contributor Edwin Arnaudin profiled Ortega for this website last August. Read the Ashvegas Ortega Q&A here.