10G reward in unsolved 1970 cop slaying

Posted: January 17, 2014

"WHO MURDERED Policeman F. Cione?"

Twenty billboards around Philadelphia were asking that question in 1976 and offering a $5,000 reward for the answer.

Ten years ago, Frederick Cione's relatives and colleagues were back in North Philadelphia, still asking the same question. They placed a plaque at 1712 W. Oxford Ave., where the 25-year-old rookie cop was gunned down about 1 a.m. Jan. 30, 1970.

"Hopefully, this plaque will generate some talk," Sgt. Paul Musi of the Homicide Division said in a 2004 Inquirer story. "That family is not over it, and won't be over it until it is solved."

Today, the National Police Defense Foundation will post a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for Cione's murder.

The Cione case is the city's only unsolved cop killing, and nearly 44 years later the mystery continues to haunt the department - including Cione's younger brother and two nephews.

The chances of solving a homicide decades later are slim, even with cash to throw around. But Cione's brother, Nick Cione Sr., welcomes the renewed attention.

"It's a nice gesture on their part," said Cione, a retired Philly cop whose sons, Nick Jr. and Vincent, are both sergeants.

Details will be released by Commissioner Charles Ramsey and others. Anyone with information about the Cione case should call the Homicide Unit at 215-686-3334 or -3335.

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