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DPS Offers Increased Reward, Seeks Leads in 2002 Cherokee County Murder

Posted/updated on: July 18, 2017 at 11:34 am
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AUSTIN — The Texas Department of Public Safety is asking for the public’s help in solving the 2002 Cherokee County murder of 44-year-old Dennis Matlock. Also, 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. On Jan. 16, 2002, Matlock was found dead in his residence in Reklaw from injuries including blunt force and stab wounds. No arrests have been made. The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and the Texas Rangers are investigating.

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 1-800-346-3243 (DPS Missing Persons Hotline). The DPS Texas Rangers’ Unsolved Homicides website provides information on more than 75 cases. You can visit http://www.dps.texas.gov/TexasRangers/UnsolvedHomicides/index.htm for more information.


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