Lubbock police detectives are asking for help to solve a 1991 cold case murder. Wednesday afternoon, Detective Rey Martinez held a special press conference hoping to reach out to a specific person who called CrimeLine last year with a valuable tip on Barbara Jean Hinojosa's murder.
Only 32-years-old, Barbara was found stabbed to death in her home at 217 East 37th Street on October 12, 1991. Police say she was last seen by family members around 11 p.m. the night before. Her husband, Juan Hinojosa Jr., came home from visiting family around 9:30 a.m. the morning of October 12th and found Barbara dead and the home burglarized.
Nearly 21 years later, her murder remains a mystery, but Detective Martinez is hoping to change that. He says last October when Barbara's death was brought back into the news for the 20th anniversary they received a helpful anonymous CrimeLine tip.
"The caller gave very pertinent information in the case," Martinez said. "The caller helped us out, but we're at a point where we need the caller to call back so we can proceed with the investigation. The caller can still remain anonymous."
While Martinez says it's vital for the caller or anyone with information on the murder to talk with him directly and close this case for good.
Barbara's mother Alice Kerr is also pleading with the public to help bring closure for her family. "If anybody out there who knows something about this case, I would gladly appreciate if they would just call the detectives," she said with tears in her eyes. "I haven't given up. I would just like closure. It's very important because I'm getting older and I would just like that closure."
Alice says Barbara worked for the city of Lubbock helping low income families, and that she enjoyed volunteer work. She says finding the murderer will bring closure to many across Lubbock.
If you have any information pertaining to this cold case you are asked to call Rey Martinez at 806-775-2405 or on his cell phone at 806-300-6742.
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