March 8, 2017
Media and Communications Office
DPS Seeks Leads
in 1974 Murder of Alice Police Officer
AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public
Safety (DPS) is seeking the public’s help in solving the 1974 murder of Alice
Police Department Officer Matthew Murphy, who was shot and killed during a
traffic stop. As part of the Office of the Governor and Texas Crime Stopper’s Fallen
Hero Reward – Texas Remembers program, a reward up to $20,000 is being
offered for information that results in this case being solved. All tips are
guaranteed to be anonymous.
On Dec. 1, 1974, Officer Murphy was shot
after stopping a vehicle at West Main Street and U.S. Highway 281 in Alice,
Texas. Several minutes after the initial stop, another officer found Murphy
suffering from gunshot wounds. Murphy was transported to a local hospital,
where he later died.
Witnesses described a two-door car
leaving the area of the shooting, and it is believed the vehicle was occupied
by more than one individual. Responding officers were unable to locate the
vehicle after it left the scene.
To be eligible for the cash rewards,
anyone with information about the murder of Officer Matthew Murphy can provide
anonymous tips in three different ways:
Created in January 2016, the Fallen Hero
Reward program is designed to help generate new investigative leads in unsolved
cases involving a Texas law enforcement officer or first responder who was
murdered or suffered an incapacitating injury while in the line of duty or
while acting in an official capacity. The program is funded by the Governor’s
Criminal Justice Division and administered by DPS.
Since there is no statute of limitations
on the offense of murder, the state has the moral and statutory obligation to
pursue these cases to a successful resolution; or until no other lead is
Agencies that may have an unresolved or
cold case that meets the criteria for the Fallen Hero Reward program are
encouraged to email Texas Crime Stoppers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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