April 18, 2017
Media and Communications Office
DPS Seeks to Solve 1981 Murder of Real Estate Agent
– The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is asking for the public’s help
in solving the 1981 murder of Virginia “Ginger” Freeman, 40, in Brazos County, and
a reward 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 case
is announced. The Brazos County Crime Stoppers also is offering a reward up to
$1,000 associated with this case.
On December 1, 1981, Freeman was murdered behind a vacant
rural residence in Brazos County that she was showing to an alleged potential
Earlier in the day, an unknown male caller contacted
Freeman’s office claiming to be a cash investor interested in property in the
Bryan/College Station area. Freeman made arrangements to meet the man at a
rural property listed for sale, but first stopped by her own residence at about
3 p.m., where she told her children about the potential sale.
Sometime after 7 p.m., Freeman’s husband reported her
missing to the Brazos County Sheriff’s Office, and he began searching for her.
Her husband found her vehicle parked at a residence for sale on Greens Prairie
Road, and her body was found behind the vacant residence. An autopsy
revealed that at approximately 3:30 p.m., Virginia had been struck on her head,
strangled and stabbed.
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 to
the Brazos County Crime Stoppers hotline at 979-775-
TIPS (8477), through the Texas
Ranger Cold Case website or contact us by
telephone at 1-800-346-3243 (DPS Missing Persons Hotline).
DPS Texas Rangers’ Unsolved Homicides website provides information on more than
75 cases in an effort to help garner public interest in unsolved or “cold
cases.” Texas Crime Stoppers recently began offering rewards (funded by the
Governor’s Criminal Justice Division and administered by DPS) of up to $3,000
for information that leads to the arrest of those responsible for any cold case
listed on the website. For more information, visit the Texas Ranger cold case
website at: http://www.dps.texas.gov/TexasRangers/UnsolvedHomicides/index.htm.
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.
Texas Ranger Unsolved Crimes Investigation Program was created to assist Texas
law enforcement agencies investigating unsolved murders or violent serial
crimes. Since there is no statute of limitations for the offense of
murder, investigators pursue these cases to a successful resolution or until no
viable leads remain.
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