DPS increases reward for 2003 cold case murder of Cynthia Palacio

Cynthia Palacio (Source: TX DPS)
Cynthia Palacio (Source: TX DPS)
Updated: Mar. 15, 2018 at 11:32 AM CDT
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Linda Trevino Carbajal
Linda Trevino Carbajal

LUBBOCK COUNTY, TX (KCBD) - The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is asking for the public's help in solving the 2003 murder of Cynthia Palacio, and an increased reward of up to $6,000 is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of those responsible if the tip is received before next month's featured Texas Rangers case is announced.

(A $3,000 reward for information leading to an arrest is routinely offered in all cases on the Texas Rangers' Unsolved Homicides website.)

On Tuesday morning, July 15, 2003, the body of 21-year-old Cynthia Palacio was discovered on a rural caliche road, west of Slaton, in southeast Lubbock County. She was discovered by a mother and her young daughter.

Palacio had been strangled and was found naked from the waist down. Palacio, a Lubbock resident, was survived by her then 2-year-old daughter. Palacio's murder has also been linked to April 19, 2004, murder of 21-year-old Linda Carbajal.

On April 19, 2004, the body of Linda Trevino Carbajal was discovered on a rural dirt road in northern Lubbock County, Texas. Carbajal had suffered blunt force injuries and had been strangled.

Assistant Chief Deputy Doug Sutton with the Lubbock County Sheriff's Office said in a 2014 interview he believes the vehicle that dumped Palacio's body may have been a pickup or a vehicle with heavy duty tires.

Sutton also says it could be the same truck that dumped Linda Carbajal's body one year later.

Sutton confirms Palacio and Carbajal were roommates, born in the same month of the same year, both 21-years-old when they died, and both dumped on remote county roads.

Investigators believe the person responsible for these homicides may be a Hispanic or possibly Native American man.

To be eligible for the cash rewards, tipsters MUST provide information to authorities by calling the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477). All tips are anonymous.

Individuals also can submit information through the Texas Ranger cold case website or by contacting us at 1-800-346-3243 (DPS Missing Persons Hotline).

As part of a DPS public awareness program, one case from the Texas Ranger Unsolved Crimes Investigation (Cold Case) Program is featured each month in an effort to generate new investigative leads and bring attention to these cold cases. The Texas Crime Stoppers reward is increased up to $6,000 for the featured case in hopes that the higher reward money will generate additional tips. The higher reward amount will only be paid if the tip is submitted before the next case is featured.

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