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***UPDATE*** October 18, 2013 – Lt. Erick Bohannon – Special Crimes Unit

The preliminary autopsy results revealed Mr. Pletcher’s death was a homicide. Mr. Pletcher had an injury to his upper body that appeared to be caused by accidental means. Mr. Pletcher had other lethal injuries not evident until the autopsy was performed. Based on this information from the pathologist, this case is now classified as a homicide. The Special Crimes Unit continues its investigation and asks for anyone with information about Mr. Pletcher’s murder to call 378-9468 or Amarillo Crime Stoppers with anonymous information at (806) 374-4400

Original Nixle release – October 16, 2013

This morning APD officers were sent to the 2100 block of I40E on a man lying in a drainage culvert. The man was found to be deceased. Special Crimes investigators assisted in the investigation due to the suspicious circumstances surrounding the man's death. There was no indication the man's death was the result of a homicide and it appears to be accidental. An autopsy is scheduled in Lubbock tomorrow morning. Next of kin were notified of the man's death. He was identified as William Pletcher, Jr., WM, age 68.

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The body of 55-year-old Sherry Mondragon was found rapped inside a rare rug and stuffed into a garage in a home on North Spring Street back in April of 2009. Mondragon was reported missing by her father nearly three months before her body was discovered. Autopsy results show, she had been shot in the back before her body was dumped. Investigators still do not have any strong leads as to who is responsible for murdering her. The family's relationship with God has helped ease their pain, but they still ask anyone who knows what happened to Sherry, to come forward. Investigators released pictures of the rare rug Mondragon was found in shortly after it happened, they have received no tips about the rug. If you know anything about the rare rug or Sherry Mondragon's murder, you are urged to call Potter Randall Special Crimes at 378-9468 or Amarillo Crime Stoppers at 806-374-4400


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Elsa Romo Nickell Homicide 1969

 

The Panhandle Police Department and Carson County Sheriff’s Office are requesting your assistance in the investigation of the 1969 murder of Elsa Romo Nickell July 13, 1969 at her home in Panhandle. We’ve received information this past week that had not been previously available. Although this case is 44 years old we have hope that someone with information on this crime will be willing to help us resolve the matter.  Elsa Nickell was 24 years old at the time of her death.  Please contact Sheriff Loren Brand at 806.537.3511, Police Chief Sace Hardman at 806.537.3225 or Amarillo Crime Stoppers at 806. 374.4400. Carson County SO and Panhandle PD belong to and support the Amarillo Crime Stoppers program.

 

Amarillo Crime Stoppers encourages members of the community to assist local law enforcement agencies in the fight against crime by overcoming the two key elements that inhibit community involvement: fear and apathy.

 

Amarillo Crime Stoppers provides a telephone number (806) 374-4400, text tips and Web Tips to encourage citizens in the community to volunteer vital information helpful to law enforcement agencies to fight against crime.

 

You could get a cash reward of up to $1,000

 

Sheriff Loren Brand

Carson County Sheriff’s Office

Law Enforcement Center

201 Highway 60

PO Box 972

Panhandle, Texas 79068

loren.brand@co.carson.tx.us

806.537.3511  Office

806.537.2120  Fax

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At 1:42 AM, on Sunday June 5, 2011, officers were dispatched to 1317 Jason on a cardiac call with a family member performing CPR. Upon arrival the officers found Dagoberto Blanco, H/M 47, dead in the driveway of his home. It appears that Mr. Blanco was stabbed in his upper body and collapsed. Justice of the Peace Thomas Jones responded to the scene and ordered that an autopsy be performed on Mr. Blanco in Lubbock, Texas on Monday June 6, 2011. The preliminary autopsy conducted on Dagoberto Blanco in Lubbock, Texas on 06-06-2011, found that he died from a stab wound he received Sunday.

Over the time frame since Dagoberto Blanco's death, the investigation has had a few leads, but none have yet to develop into a suspect's identification.  The investigation is still on-going and anyone with information is asked to call the Special Crimes Unit at 378-9468 or Crime Stoppers at 374-4400. Anyone with information is asked to contact Amarillo Crime Stoppers. Amarillo Crime Stoppers provides several methods for those with information about Dagoberto’s death, to be remain anonymous. An anonymous tipster may possibly even receive a reward if the information leads to the arrest of the suspect. Amarillo Crime Stoppers pays rewards of up to $1,000. If anyone has information on Dagoberto Blanco's death, call Amarillo Crime Stoppers at 374-4400 or go on-line at amapolice.org to “Submit a Tip” on-line. You may also text information by texting ACS and your tip and send it to “Crimes” or 274637. All information is anonymous. Amarillo Crime Stoppers will never ask your personal information.

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The Amarillo Crime Stoppers, Inc board members vote for the amount to be paid for any tip that solves/clears an unsolved case.

Thomas Roy Vaughan

On Thursday, July 29, 2010, Thomas Roy (Tommy) Vaughan was found deceased in the fenced-in yard of his business, Fort Williams Military Surplus and Supply Depot at 703 N. Williams in Amarillo.   Tommy Vaughan was severely beaten to death.  This incident is believed to have occurred on the morning of Wednesday, July 28, 2010.  Tommy Vaughan was a military veteran who proudly served his country.  Tommy enjoyed having a business in which he could meet other veterans and persons interested in the service of their country.  Anyone with information is asked to contact Amarillo Crime Stoppers. Amarillo Crime Stoppers provides several methods for those with information about Tommy’s death, to be remain anonymous. An anonymous tipster may possibly even receive a reward if the information leads to the arrest of the suspect. Amarillo Crime Stoppers pays rewards of up to $1,000. If anyone has information on Tommy Vaughan's death, call Amarillo Crime Stoppers at 374-4400 or go on-line at amapolice.org to “Submit a Tip” on-line. You may also text information by texting ACS and your tip and send it to “Crimes” or 274637. All information is anonymous. Amarillo Crime Stoppers will never ask your personal information.

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Ryan Garcia

 On Sunday January 13th, 2008 Amarillo Police Department received a Missing person report. The victim in the report is Ryan Christopher Garcia. He was last seen on Christmas Eve, December 24th, 2007. By January 28th, there was no new information about Ryan’s disappearance. On April 5th, 2008 Potter County Sheriff’s Office received a call for service near Givens Road, west of highway 287. A dead body had been located by a farmer. The body was located in a concrete drainage ditch. A fingerprint comparison led to the identification of the body as Ryan Christopher Garcia. The Special Crimes Unit believed the body to be the victim of a possible homicide. APD Special Crimes Unit worked diligently investigating this case, collecting any possible evidence and talking to those who knew or may have known Ryan. This April will mark the 2nd year since the discovery of Ryan’s body. The family is still grieving the loss of Ryan and with each year’s passing, brings reminders of both joy and sorrow. There have been numerous suspicions and leads to the case, unfortunately none of the leads so far have resolved clearing the case. The time that has passed is a reminder that this seemingly “Cold Case” still needs to be and can be solved. Amarillo Crime Stoppers and the Special Crimes Unit ask that if you have information on this case to please call with your tip(s). An anonymous tipster may possibly even receive a reward if the information leads to the arrest of the suspect. Amarillo Crime Stoppers pays rewards of up to $1,000. If anyone has information on Ryan Garcia’s death, call Amarillo Crime Stoppers at 374-4400 or go on-line at amapolice.org to “Submit a Tip” on-line. You may also text information by texting ACS and your tip and send it to “Crimes” or 274637. All information is anonymous. Amarillo Crime Stoppers will never ask your personal information. You may also contact the Special Crime Unit directly by calling 806-378-9468.

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Crystal Booker

This week marked the 2nd year since the reported death of 19 year old Crystal Dawn Booker. APD officers were dispatched on a female found in the field behind Buckles Lounge at 6800 E Interstate 40. Crystal Booker’s body was discovered on the cold morning of Friday January 18, 2008 shortly before noon. Due to the suspicious nature of the location of her body and the injuries she received, it was quickly ruled as a Homicide. This May, Crystal would have turned 22 year of age. APD Special Crimes Unit worked diligently investigating this case, which was the first reported Homicide of 2008. The case of Crystal Booker’s death has yet to be closed. The Special Crimes Unit wants to find her killer. There have been numerous suspicions and leads to the case, unfortunately none of the leads so far have resolved clearing the case. The 2 years passing of her death is a reminder that this seemingly “Cold Case” still needs to be and can be solved. We would like to remind the community that Amarillo Crime Stoppers provides several methods for those with information about Crystal’s death, to be remain anonymous. An anonymous tipster may possibly even receive a reward if the information leads to the arrest of the suspect. Amarillo Crime Stoppers pays rewards of up to $1,000. If anyone has information on Crystal Bookers death, call Amarillo Crime Stoppers at 374-4400 or go on-line at amapolice.org to “Submit a Tip” on-line. You may also text information by texting ACS and your tip and send it to “Crimes” or 274637. All information is anonymous. Amarillo Crime Stoppers will never ask your personal information.

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Agustine Villalon

On February 12, 2001 at around 11:14 pm officers were sent to 1410 N. Johnson on a shooting. Once there officer found that Agustine Villalon had been shot in the back with a shotgun. His daughter in law had also been shot in the hand and wrist. Witnesses did describe two suspects as 1) Hispanic male 16-20 years of age 5'6" to 5'7" 120 pounds, thin build, with short wavy hair wearingf a white football jersey with tattered numbers and dark trim, and a beanie cap. 2) described as the shooter is a Hispanic male 5'3" to 5' 5" 120 lbs. He was seen wearing a long black trench coat and a beanie cap. We also know that there was at least one other person involved who was waiting in a car north of the residence. At this time the leads the Special Crimes Unit have, have not yielded the clues needed to solve this case. If you have information about this crime call us or the Special Crimes Unit. 

Shamika Scott 

On June 9, 2000 , officers were sent to the Wagon Wheel motel at 3602 E. Amarillo Blvd. to meet the ambulance on a subject that was down and not moving.  Upon arrival, officers found the body of 24 year old Shamika Scott in room #27.  Scott’s death was ruled a homicide, and investigators discovered that Shamika had been smothered.  We have confirmation that Shamika was alive at 11:00 p.m. on June 8th, but we need help in determining what happened after that and who is responsible for her murder. 

Linda Jackson 

At 7:15 a.m. , on September 11, 1997 , police dispatch received a call in reference to a dead body lying in the roadway in the 3100 block of N. Wilson .  Upon arrival, officers found the body of Linda Jackson lying face down in the street.  Jackson was killed when she was struck by a motor vehicle, and the case was ruled a homicide.  Special Crimes Unit investigators determined that Jackson was assaulted inside of a vehicle prior to her murder in the 3100 block of N. Wilson .  Jackson was a known prostitute and this case will remain open until the suspect is arrested. 

Gloria Covington

On August 5, 1997 , officers were sent to a field just north of the North Branch YMCA just after 1:00 p.m. in reference to a body.  Upon arrival, officers found the murdered body of Gloria Covington.  Covington had been partially disrobed, and had been stabbed to death.  Covington was a known prostitute, and was last seen in the area of the motels in the 600 block of Amarillo Boulevard West .  The suspect in this case is still at large.

Ronald Morton 

In the early morning hours of November 6, 1992 , police dispatch received a call of a possible fire in the apartment building at 2400 S. Polk.  The caller said that they could see smoke coming from one of the units.  When the fire department arrived, they found the source of the smoke to be apartment # 203 .  After entry was made, an unconscious male was found on the floor of the apartment, and moved outside.  Once outside, it determined that the subject was the victim of a homicide.  The victim in this case, Ronald Morton, had been murdered and then his apartment set ablaze in an attempt to cover the suspect’s tracks.  There were numerous leads on this case, but no one was ever charged with the crime. 

Carolyn Karp 

At approximately 4:45 a.m. on July 11, 1992 , officers were dispatched to the Sneak Joint Lounge at 10321 E. Amarillo Blvd. in reference to a fire.  When the officers arrived, fire department personnel were actually fighting a blaze at a trailer next to the Sneak Joint. This trailer belonged to the owner/manager of the Sneak Joint Carolyn Karp.  Once the fire had been extinguished, the remains of Karp’s body were found inside the burned trailer.  Homicide has been ruled as the cause of death, and anyone with information should contact the Special Crimes Unit or Crime Stoppers with the information. 

Jackie Hogue 

On February 25, 1994 , officers were sent to the Bishop Hills area in Potter County on a homicide.  Upon arrival, deputies found the body of Jackie Hogue.  Hogue had been brutally murdered in her own home.  Ms. Hogue worked in the medical field here in Amarillo .  Ms. Hogue left behind children and a family that are still searching for answers from a death that occurred over 8 years ago.  If you have any information as to who is responsible for this crime, call Crime Stoppers. 



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