Texas Case 2

 

Murder That Changed Country Still Unsolved

Amber Hagerman — the murder victim whose legacy has helped sav
Undated family photo of Amber Hagerman dressed as a Girl Scout. (Courtesy of the Hagerman Family)

It was January 13, 1996, when nine year old Amber Hagerman was with her brother and they were bicycling in the parking lot of an empty shopping center in the town of Arlington. Her brother would bike to a relative’s home without her and that was the last her family saw her alive. She would be found several days later deceased. Her body was without any clothing, her throat cut and she was left in a creek behind an apartment building not even five miles where she was abducted. Police have a possible description of a suspect but it s limited. The killer may have been a white or Hispanic male between the ages 25 and 40. He may have been under 6 feet tall with a medium build. He may have drove a late-1980s or early-1990s model full-size American-made black truck.The case would eventually influence a national broadcasting system that would notify the public of children abducted in dangerous situations. It was called the Amber alert and it would entail the use of highway signs and tv/radio broadcasts. It has helped many children be recovered safely. But it is a tragedy that the young girl who it is named for still has not gotten justice.

If you have any information about this case, please call (817) 459-5700.

 

One Mystery Solved, One to Go

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It was June 4th, 1981, when the body of an unidentified adult female was located along Interstate 35 in Comal County, south of New Braunfels. The victim had perished from several gunshot wounds. For nearly two decades, she was nameless. DNA testing in 2009, revealed her to be 18 year old Carla Deleon of San Antonio. She was last seen at a club in San Antonio the night before she was murdered. If you have information about this murder, please contact the Texas Rangers Cold Case Investigation Team at (512) 424-2000.

 

Decades Later Double Murder Still Troubles Family of Victims

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It was Independence day, July 4th, 1988. Shane Stewart and Sally McNelly, of San Angelo were last seen alive at a fireworks display at Lake Nasworthy. The next day, Stewart’s 1980 copper colored Chevrolet Camaro was found parked near O.C. Fisher Reservoir, several miles from where they were last seen. They would soon be labelled as missing persons. A horrible discovery would take place in November of the same year that they went missing, people hunting in a pasture south of Twin Buttes Reservoir (in San Angelo) found the skeletal remains of the couple. They were both killed by shotgun blasts. The case had been featured in the Unsolved Mysteries show back in the early nineteen nineties.The San Angelo Crime Stoppers has offered a reward for information leading to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for the homicides of Stewart and McNelly.

June 24, 2017, 47-year-old John Gilbreath has been arrested for the double homicide. More details to come.

 

Identity of Victim and His Killers a Mystery

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It’s a mystery that has gone unsolved for about four decades. A man’s body was found on April 3rd, 1978 in a drainage culvert underneath the FM 2113, which is just east of the intersection with FM 1695 in the town of Hewitt. He was the victim of a homicide and police believe he had been several days before discovery. He was the victim of homicide and had been killed within a few days of the body being discovered.He was caucasian (white), 5 feet 8 inches tall and between the ages of twenty and thirty years old. His weight was around 128 pounds. He had brown eyes and light brown hair that reached his shoulders. He also had a moustache and a small goatee. He wore Levi’s jeans, brown boots and a long-sleeved shirt with a dark blue/white floral pattern. He was in possession of a white puka shell necklace with black beads. There was also a silver-colored “Snoopy” medallion located near him. He had three poorly done tattoos. One was a cross inside the shape of a heart on his upper left arm, there was a tattoo of the word “Peace” on his left forearm all in capital letters. There was also the letters of “RB” on his upper right arm.

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If you have information about this case, please contact the Hewitt Police Department at (254)666-6272 or the Missing Persons Clearinghouse at (800)346-3243.

 

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