Independence police Wednesday released a sketch of a man who they believe is a person of interest regarding the homicide of a retired police official.

Independence police Wednesday released a sketch of a man who they believe is a person of interest regarding the homicide of a retired police official.

Also on Wednesday, the department announced a $6,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the homicide.

Police say 69-year-old Beverly Crowl was the victim of a home invasion on Friday at her home on the 14600 block of east 37th Street.

Crowl worked for the department for about 30 years, most recently assigned to the records department. She had recently retired.

Authorities are not saying how Crowl was killed or releasing many details of their investigation.

The person of interest is a black male, approximately 25 to 30 years old, 5’6” to 5’8” in height, with slim build.  He has a two to three inch afro-style haircut and no facial hair. Police said the man was wearing dark colored pants, a dark colored (possibly long sleeve) shirt and unknown shoes, according to a release issued by the department.

Assistance was provided by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Agents from the Springfield, Ill., office in compiling the attached electronic composite sketch.

Crowl’s family gave $5,000 that was added to the $1,000 initially established by the Greater Kansas City Crime Stoppers.

Anyone with information regarding the homicide or who may recognize the person in the composite sketch is encouraged to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

Also, you can text message tips. Text “TIP452” plus the message to CRIMES(274637). Tips can be submitted through the Crime Stoppers Web site at www.KCcrimestoppers.com. The identity of tipsters will remain anonymous.