FBI searches for murderer of contractor James Kitterman

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The Federal Bureau of Investigation continues to look for the person or person responsible for the murder of government contractor James Owen Kitterman. Officials are offering a reward of up to $20,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the individual or individuals responsible for Kitterman's death.

Kitterman was last seen alive on May 21, 2009 at approximately 9:00 p.m. local time, inside the Green Zone in Baghdad, Iraq. FBI officials say on May 22, 2009, his body was found in his vehicle inside the Green Zone.

Officials tell us Kitterman owned and operated the now-defunct private construction company, Peregrine Eyes. The company operated in Baghdad and was contracted by the U.S. government. According to the FBI, Peregrine Eyes was established in 2008 and began contracts in Iraq that year.

Kitterman was overseeing Peregrine Eyes' construction of a helipad at the U.S. Consulate in Baghdad inside the Green Zone at the time of his death, say authorities. Kitterman's office and home were also located inside the Green Zone on a compound owned and operated by Corporate Training Unlimited (CTU), a security contracting company. Locally recruited guards watched over the compound. Some of tehm reported Kitterman's vehicle leaving the compound around 11:00 p.m. local time on May 21, 2009, according to the FBI.

At the time of his death, Peregrine Eyes had approximately 45 employees that Kitterman interacted with, say FBI officials, and who were recruited from many different countries. Employees working for Peregrine Eyes in 2009 were primarily from the U.S. and the Philippines.

If you have any information please contact your local FBI office, the nearest American Embassy or Consulate, or submit a tip on the FBI's website by visiting tips.fbi.gov.


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