An unsolved murder, a deadly hit and run, a missing teen and a man found dead in a playa lake – these four Lubbock cases all occurred this summer, and have all come to a standstill. As Lubbock detectives struggle to close the cases, they're hoping the community will step forward and call Crimeline.
"If we can get that one call that points us in the right direction then very often that will get the ball rolling and give us a starting point of where we need to be looking," Sergeant Jonathan Stewart with LPD said. "Once that gets going very often we can get a case wrapped up. So, in a lot of investigations that can be a very big deal for us."
Within seven weeks this summer four major cases stick out in Stewart's mind.
Starting on June 11th, Joe Reynolds Jr., 20, was found dead floating in a playa lake near the South Ridge Apartments. "At this point there hasn't been any ruling on it. We're still waiting on full autopsy results, and right now we're not able to say what happened," Stewart said.
Just days later on June 14th Mark Ysasaga's parents filed a missing person's report. The 15-year-old was last seen early on the 14th going to a friend's home. After passing out thousands of fliers and holding several searches, there is still no sign of Mark.
Less than a month later a South Lubbock murder has left a family crying out for help. Police say on July 7th Travondrick DeShawn Ward, 23, was found shot to death outside his home near 6666th Street and Avenue S. Police have questioned several people, but no arrests have been made.
The most recent death was a hit and run at 2300 Clovis Road on July 22nd. Police say 41-year-old Armando Saenz was found dead on the side of the road. Police have been able to narrow down a description of the vehicle he was hit by, but they need the community's help in locating it. "We know it was a white Chevy or GM pick-up or full sized SUV, and we know there is damage to the right front quarter panel, the right front lights, and possibly the hood," Stewart said.
Stewart says no matter how small or insignificant the tip may seem it's important for people to call in. "There have been several high profile cases here in Lubbock that Crimeline has played a huge role in, like the recent murder of Dr. Sonnier. Crimline comes in very handy and it's something we rely on," he said. "It could be that one seemingly insignificant piece of information that really opens a door."
If you have any information on these cases or other unsolved cases Stewart asks that you call Crimeline at 806-741-1000. Callers can remain anonymous and if your tip leads to an arrest you could be eligible for a reward.
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