(CBS News) It's been six weeks since the manhunt for Christopher Dorner ended in a hail of gunfire and a cabin in flames.
The police officer-turned-suspected cop killer died in the mountains outside of Los Angeles, but we still don't know who, if anyone, will get the more than $1 million reward. As the question of who will get the payment drags on, the amount itself is shrinking.
"So the reward is very much in play at this point, and it is a little confusing and certainly this is a very unique situation," said Los Angeles Police Lt. Andy Neiman.
The situation is confusing because the unprecedented $1.3 million reward is a mix of private and public funds from more than two dozen organizations.
Many people are now publicly questioning whether the parties will actually pay out the prize. However, the LAPD, a main contributor to the funds, said that the reward should be paid.
"Certainly not paying could send the wrong message to the public that, in the future, rewards may not always be paid," said Neiman.
The city of Riverside has already withdrawn its $100,000 share of the reward because Dorner was never formally arrested.
"It was just that the conditions were not met. So the arrest and conviction never occurred," explained Riverside City Mayor Rusty Bailey.
Police say Dorner killed himself inside that cabin in the mountains, which was the end of a 10-day rampage in which he is believed to have killed four other people including two law enforcement officers.
By the time the reward was offered, Dorner was already a household name, so it wasn't about generating publicity. Los Angeles City Council member Dennis Zine says the point was to get somebody to turn him in, and that "I believe in good conscience, we will pay that to the individual." He also says he will push to ensure that the city pays its $100,000 share of the reward.
"We don't wanna give money away just to give money away, but when you talk about arrests and when you talk about convictions if there is no arrest and conviction, there's apprehension. He has been apprehended, and he has passed away," said Zine.
Officials say multiple people have made claims on the reward, including the couple Dorner tied up inside their cabin who later called police, as well as the camp employee Dorner carjacked on his way to the cabin where he eventually died.
John Miller, a senior correspondent for CBS News, said on "CBS This Morning" that while no one actually deserves this reward, the issue is about municipalities keeping their word.
"If you make those promises in a public way, you have to do it," he said, noting that future cases involving rewards could generate less cooperation if people doubt they'll get paid out.
Investigators hope to determine who gets the money by the middle of April.