DPS Offers Increased Reward, Seeks Leads in 2005 LaSalle County Murder
Texas Dept of Public Safety
   
 
More Today's News:
ߦ   San Antonio police escort daughter of fallen officer to graduation
ߦ   Texas Municipal Police Association PAC Endorses Governor Greg Abbott For Re-election
ߦ   Texas police dress up as superheroes, surprise kids at children's hospital
ߦ   Trespassers cause damage at construction site
ߦ   Woman accuses fiance, a police officer, of assault
ߦ   Deputies Tase Shoplifter In Target Parking Lot
ߦ   2018 Texas CPAAA and Law Enforcement Training Convention
ߦ   CAT team on the prowl for contraband at Bexar County jail
ߦ   Coast Guard medevacs mariner near Cameron, Louisiana
ߦ   COLD CASE FILES: Mysterious unsolved deaths in the Houston area
ߦ   Drunk Driver Crashes Into Constables Patrol Car
ߦ   Federal appeals panel: LRADs can be considered excessive force
ߦ   Fla. man killed, officer wounded while exchanging gunfire
ߦ   Galveston County Commissioners Court Agenda - June 18
ߦ   Government regulations target kids and their lemonade stands
ߦ   Houston police officer buys groceries for man targeted by thief at Walmart
ߦ   Mexican Citizen Sentenced to 235 Months in Federal Prison For His Role in a Methamphetamine Distribution Conspiracy
ߦ   Neighbors describe chaotic scene after more than 50 immigrants found in truck
ߦ   Not All Heroes Wear Capes
ߦ   Police union outraged over SC high school’s summer reading list
ߦ   Search underway for escaped inmate who vanished from Memorial Hermann Hospital in The Woodlands
ߦ   Texas City Police Chief Announces Retirement
ߦ   Texas Military Bases Possible Tent Cities for Immigrant Children
ߦ   Forensic team reveals new details in investigation of severed head found in trash bag at Lake Houston
ߦ   Investigation into Male Found Deceased at 1831 West 23rd Street
ߦ   Person of interest named in case of missing Bexar County 15-year-old
ߦ   “Affluenza Mom” Back In Jail
ߦ   Bar Shooting
ߦ   Burglars Draw Guns, So Homeowner Grabs AK-47 And Starts Making Human Sprinklers
ߦ   Children, ages 1 and 6, die in Conroe house fire, officials say
ߦ   Columbus officer and suspect shot in confrontation
ߦ   Cone with a Cop
ߦ   Galveston officers help mother of four who called police to take her children
ߦ   Harley-Davidson police motorcycles return to Palestine
ߦ   Hero Down: CT State Police Trooper Walter Greene Dies From 9/11 Illness

 
Search Archives:



FOR IMMEDIATE DISTRIBUTION    PRESS RELEASE

February 20, 2018   Media and Communications Office

 

DPS Offers Increased Reward, Seeks Leads in 2005 LaSalle County Murder

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is asking for the public’s help in solving the 2005 murder of Valerie Benevidez Laguna, 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 case is announced. (A $3,000 reward for information leading to an arrest is routinely offered on all cases on the Texas Rangers’ Unsolved Homicides website.) 

On the evening of July 19, 2005, the body of Valerie Laguna, 26, was found at the Cristo Rey Cemetery (pictured below) near Cotulla, in LaSalle County.  She was eight months pregnant and last seen at a private residence in the early morning hours on July 19. The cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head.  Despite an intensive investigation by the Texas Rangers and the La Salle County Sheriff’s office, the case remains unsolved.

 

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). 

The 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 offers 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 Rangers 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. 

The 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. 

 

 

### (HQ 2018-015)

Post a comment
Name/Nickname:
(required)
Email Address: (must be a valid address)
(will not be published or shared)
Comments: (plain text only)
Printer Friendly Format  Printer Friendly Format    Send to a Friend  Send to a Friend    RSS Feed  RSS Feed
  Facebook   Share link on Twitter Tweet  
© 1999-2018 The Police News. All rights reserved.