The Santa Rosa County Crime Stoppers program is getting credit for “coordinating and facilitating” a big reward for the person whose tip helped bring an end to Billy Boyette’s murderous crime spree.

But an interesting bit of information being left out of the news releases is that none of the estimated $16,000 reward will come from Crime Stoppers.

That’s because the organization doesn’t hand out money to tipsters who call 911 rather than contact Crime Stoppers directly.

For a Crime Stoppers reward to be collected, a tip “does have to come through one of the three methods of contact: phone, web and mobile tips,” said Nicole Wagner, the coordinator for Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers, which operates in Okaloosa and Walton counties.

“The whole point is to protect that tipster’s identity,” Wagner said.

Rich Aloy, the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office law enforcement coordinator for that county’s Crime Stoppers program, sent out a news release Tuesday on behalf of the county’s Crime Stoppers board of directors.

“We wanted to share our progress in the payment of a reward which is due to the 911 caller which located Billy Boyette,” the release said.

The release said Crime Stoppers was “actively coordinating and facilitating the large payment of up to $16,000 of the total reward.”

What the release did not explain is why the full $21,000 reward offered for tips leading to Boyette’s capture was not being paid to the person who notified authorities that the murder suspect was in Georgia.

It did say “a portion of the reward is not legally available due to the manner in which the call was received.”

Aloy did not respond to an inquiry Tuesday about the unavailable reward funds. On Wednesday, Sheriff’s Office Capt. Scott Haines sent an email that said Aloy, the only person who could answer questions about the Santa Rosa County Crime Stoppers program, was out of town until next week.

“SRCCS is an independent 501c3 organization, separate from the Sheriff’s Office,” Haynes said in the email. “I am not at liberty to speak about the way their program is governed or how rewards are given.”

Haynes also declined to provide names and contact information for Santa Rosa Crime Stoppers board members. A telephone call to the agency was not returned.

Also on Wednesday, Florida Department of Law Enforcement official Jessica Cary sent out an email announcing that FDLE was “working to secure FDLE’s $10,000 portion of the reward for the individual who called 911."

Asked about the unavailable reward funds, Cary said she could “only speak for FDLE’s portion.”

The U.S. Marshals Service pledged "up to $5,000" to the reward fund, according to Dominic Guadagnoli, a spokesman for the Marshals Service in Pensacola.

The amount of the award must be approved at the federal level, and it is not clear when that might happen, Guadagnoli said.

Santa Rosa County Crime Stoppers offered $3,000 to the reward fund and a second Crime Stoppers organization, Gulf Coast Crime Stoppers out of Pensacola, offered another $2,000 for Boyette’s capture, reports said. An anonymous donor chipped in $1,000 more.

Neither of the Crime Stoppers rewards offered were to be provided in the Boyette case.