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Family members offer reward for information in real estate agent’s death

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Family members of Darin Gregory Vinall are offering two separate rewards for information that they hope will lead to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for his death.

Vinall’s widow, Julie Vinall, and his parents, Ray Vinall and Gail Riddle, are each offering $25,000 rewards for information that they hope will lead them to Darin Vinall’s killer. Police have been investigating Vinall’s death as a homicide since finding him dead of a gunshot wound December 2 in his home on the 100 block of Parfait Lane. No arrests have been made in the case.

Details of the reward offers are available on the police department’s website. Anyone with information about the case is being asked to call Alameda police at (510) 835-2267.

Police went to Vinall’s home at 8:57 p.m. December 2 after his sister-in-law called to request a welfare check because he hadn’t been seen in days and newspapers were piling up outside the door of his home. They found the 40-year-old real estate agent’s body in a bedroom in the home, where he had recently moved after separating from his wife.

Police spokesman Bill Scott said in December that Vinall had been arrested on July 21 and charged two days later with committing a lewd and lascivious act with a child under the age of 14. He said the alleged incident had been shared with a mandated reporter – someone who is legally required to report alleged sexual crimes – on June 10 and that police learned of it from the mandated reporter on July 18.

Police, who said they found evidence at the scene of Vinall’s death but no weapon, did not say if they believe the allegations were connected to Vinall’s death.

“It’s always a possibility. We’re looking at all options,” Scott said Tuesday.

He said nothing was found missing from Vinall’s home, but couldn’t confirm whether police found signs of a break-in.

“There were things out of the ordinary to show signs that that’s a possibility. But it’s something we haven’t been able to substantiate,” Scott said.

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