Cash for cold cases: Texas offers reward program for unsolved murder cases

The Office of the Governor announced a new reward program this week funded by the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division designed to help obtain investigative leads for the state’s unresolved or cold case homicides.

 

The Texas Crime Stoppers program will pay up to a $3,000 reward to anyone who provides information leading to an arrest in any of the cold cases listed on the Texas Department of Public Safety Unsolved Homicides website, according to a statement from the governor’s office.

The program is related to the Texas Ranger unsolved Crimes Investigation Program.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbot said the state has an obligation to victims and communities to ensure justice is ultimately served.

“This new reward program was created to help identify the perpetrators of these crimes and provide overdue closure in these cases,” Abbott said in a statement.

DPS launched a campaign in 2015 that features one unsolved case per month, in an effort to generate new leads. As part of the program, Crime Stoppers will offer $6,000 if a successful tip is received before the next featured case.

DPS Director Steve McCraw said the agency is committed to recovering crucial evidence for each of these cases that need closure.

“These victims and their loved ones deserve justice,” McCraw said, “and we urge anyone with information related to an unsolved case to come forward and take a stand against crime.”

To qualify for the cash reward, information must be provided to authorities through the Crime Stoppers hotline at (800) 252-TIPS(8477).

Callers may remain anonymous as they will be provided with a tip number.

There is no statute of limitations for murder as “the state as the moral and statutory obligation to pursue these cases to a successful resolution or until no other lead is viable.”

Furthermore, a release from the governor’s office states rewards to anonymous tipsters are proven successful through other programs such as the Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitives and Texas 10 Most Wanted sex Offenders.

To view a list of unsolved homicides, visit www.dps.texas.gov/TexasRangers/UnsolvedHomicides.

 

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