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Texas Rangers Cold Case Investigation Details


Laura Smither
Company: A   Reference Number: 178 - Solved
Sex: Female
City: Friendswood
County: Galveston
Related Year: 1997
suspects: William Reece


 In August 1997, 12-year-old Laura Smither was jogging near her home in Friendswood, Texas when she was abducted.  Her body was found two weeks later at the edge of a pond, 12 miles away.  William Reece was developed as a suspect, but the case went cold.

In 2015,  this case was adopted into the  Texas Ranger  Unsolved  Crime (cold case) Investigation Program.   The Texas Rangers worked closely  with other  law enforcement  agencies  and prosecutors involved in this case.   The case was solved in 2016, almost 20 years after the murder.  Suspected serial killer  William Reece has been charged  in this crime. 

Texas Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $3,000 to any person who provides information that leads to the arrest of the person/persons responsible for this crime. To be eligible for the cash rewards, tipsters MUST call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477). All tips are anonymous. Tipsters will be provided a tip number instead of using a name.

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