Benefit planned as reward grows in search for killers of young Holland couple

Authorities found a man and woman dead inside this home on Longacre Ln., near Pilliod Road, early Monday, Jan. 31, 2011.

A reward fund has grown to $10,000 in the case of a young couple found dead inside a Holland home in January.

The bodies of Straub and her boyfriend, Johnny Clarke, 21, were found inside Straub's parent's Springfield Township home, hands bound and with bags placed over their heads, in the early morning hours of Monday, Jan. 31.

On the same day Straub's family laid her to rest on Feb. 9, family members set up a reward fund to help lead to the capture of the people responsible for the heinous killings. That fund has now grown to $10,000. Donations to the "Lisa Straub Benefit Fund" continue to be accepted at all area Fifth Third Bank branches.

The Lucas County Sheriff's Office is also offering a reward to anyone with information that leads them to the perpetrator(s) of the murders.

Authorities are investigating the deaths, at 2161 Longacre Lane, as a robbery gone wrong, according to Lucas County Sheriff's Detective Cathy Stooksbury.

The bodies were found in the kitchen/dining room area of the home with no visible gunshot or stab wounds. Each victim's hands were bound with tape and plastic bags were placed over their heads, according to the Lucas County Coroner. Clarke's ankles were also bound.

Straub and Clarke both died of asphyxiation and are thought to have been killed some time between 1:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m.

There was no forcible entry relating to a home invasion; however it appeared as if someone had been searching through a part of the home, according to Det. Stooksbury. It is believed Lisa and Johnny knew their killer(s).

A second benefit for the victims is planned for Thursday, Feb. 24 from Noon to 10:00 p.m. at T.G.I.Friday's, 1334 Bernath Pkwy, where Straub worked as a waitress at the time of her death. All proceeds from the benefit will go towards the Lisa Straub Benefit Fund.

The benefit has been moved up two days. It was previously scheduled for Feb. 26.