NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–The New Brunswick High School class of 1958 is offering a $10,000 reward for anyone with new information regarding the homicide of their classmate Gail Hariton.
Hariton was found murdered in her apartment back in 2000 at the age of 59. The class announced the reward at their 55th reunion last May.
Each year they award a $1,000 scholarship to a high school student moving onto to college, but this year classmate George G. Gussis introduced the idea of a reward in honor of their slain friend.
The money was raised thanks to donations from 39 classmates.
Described as a gentle and kind woman, Hariton was a retired French teacher.
“She was not the kind of person you’d ever imagine someone wanted to harm” said class president Bertram Busch.
Busch said that she was sweet, unassuming, but very private.
Hariton was found dead in her home on Pardun Road in North Brunswick on May 8, 2000 with a fatal stab wound to the chest. The case still remains open.
Her friends and classmates urge that if anyone can recall any information about Hariton’s murder to please call Crime Stoppers of Middlesex County at 1-800-939-9600 or visit middlesextips.com. Calls can be made anonymously.
Charlie is the founder and editor of New Brunswick Today, and the winner of the Awbrey Award for Community-Oriented Local Journalism. He is a proud Rutgers University journalism graduate and a community organizer, and was an independent candidate for Mayor of New Brunswick in 2018.