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FBI offers $5,000 reward in year-old Butte County homicide

Butte County sheriff's officials hope that a $5,000 reward offered by the FBI will help elicit information in the September 2014 death of Chico college student Marc Anthony Cyril Thompson.

Thompson’s body was found inside a burned vehicle shortly after 7 p.m. Sept. 3, 2014, on Oroville-Quincy Highway, two miles east of Mountain House. Through DNA analysis, detectives were able to identify the body as that of Thompson, 25, of Chico. An investigation determined that the death was a homicide, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.

A year after Thompson’s death, sheriff’s officials say they have not identified the person responsible or the motive for the crime. A website was set up earlier this year with information regarding the case and how to provide tips that might assist in the investigation.

The Butte County Sheriff’s Office has been working with the FBI on the case, and the Sheriff’s Office announced that the FBI is now offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person, or people responsible for Thompson’s death. The FBI also has set up a new tip line, 800-225-5324. In addition, Secret Witness is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and prosecution in the case.

According to the Butte Crime Solvers website, Thompson, who was black, was an advocate for social change and racial equality, and was a member of several multicultural societies affiliated with Butte Community College and California State University, Chico. He was described by friends, family and classmates as having a “larger than life” personality and a desire to help others.

Information regarding the case can be submitted via the FBI tip line or by calling Secret Witness at 530-532-6648. Information also can be provided to the Butte County Sheriff’s Office by calling Detective Chris D’Amato at 530-538-7671, sending an email to, or by completing an online submission form. Those providing information may remain anonymous.