$10,000 reward offered to solve a 44-year-old murder

Frederick Cione
Frederick Cione

Jan. 30 will mark 44 years since officer Frederick Cione was murdered blocks from Temple University’s campus.

And Jan. 30 will mark 44 years without an answer to the question of “Whom?” Cione’s murder is the only unsolved police killing in Philadelphia history.

And the National Police Defense Foundation announced Thursday it still wants an answer.

The foundation put a $10,000 reward on the table for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for Cione’s murder.

Cione, then a 25-year-old rookie cop, was gunned down on Jan. 30, 1970 on the 1700 block of Oxford Avenue. He pursued three men near 17th Street when one opened fire. The men were never apprehended, and not other suspects were identified or caught.

His younger brother, Nick, also a former cop, stood with his sons Nick Jr. and Vincent, both sergeants, Thursday at the reward announcement.

Nick Sr. said to get an answer – for his entire family – would “be nice.”

The chances of solving the case aren’t high. The murderer could even be dead.

But Nick Sr. said he it would offer some closure.

“My mother and father, unfortunately, have passed,” said Nick Sr., now retired. “It would have been nice if it would have been solved while they were still alive because it would have meant a lot to them. But unfortunately, it didn’t happen.”

“Still hanging in there,” he added, “And hoping I will see it before I pass on, too.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the Homicide Unit at 215-686-3334 or -3335.


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