From Max Cannon and Layne Lasseter
Updated 12:20 a.m., February 21, 2013
The FBI has paid a $15,000 reward to the tipster who cracked the Precious Doe murder case, according to an agency spokesman.
The money went to Thurman McIntosh of Muskogee, Okla., who recognized the murdered girl as his step-great-granddaughter.
On April 28, 2001, the nude, decapitated body of 3-year-old girl was found near an intersection in Kansas City, Missouri. Two days later her head, which had been removed with hedge clippers, was found nearby in a plastic garbage bag. It would be more than four years before the girl, given the name “Precious Doe” by police, would be identified as Erica Michelle Maria Green.
Sketches, computer drawings and busts of the child were distributed nationwide and on several television crime programs before a relative came forward and identified the victim on May 5, 2005.
Her mother, Michelle Johnson, and stepfather, Harold Johnson, were arrested for her murder.
Michelle Johnson pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and is serving a 25-year sentence for her participation in the death of her daughter, Erica Green.
Harold Johnson was sentenced to life for the murder.