Texas Rangers Cold Case Investigation Details
REFERENCE NUMBER: 233 - Unsolved
RELATED YEAR: 2000
On 02/18/2000, Sylvia Nicole Smith, a 16-year-old black female, was reported to be a runaway by her mother. The last time she was seen was on 02/14/2000. 13 years later, Sylvia's remains were found on S. County Rd. 1160 and FM 1213 south of Midland, near an oilfield. Her remains were not identified until June 2022. This came after an extensive investigation by the Texas Rangers and other agencies using forensic genealogy.
An autopsy confirmed that Sylvia was murdered. The Texas Rangers, Midland County Dist. Atty. and the Midland Sheriff's office are investigating this homicide. Anyone with information is asked to come forward and submit information through this website or Texas Crime Stoppers.
Texas Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $3,000 to any person who provides informationthat leads
to the arrest of the person/persons responsible forthis 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.
Information on this case may also be submitted in the following manner:
- Submit a Tip Online thru the Texas Rangers’ Cold Case website
- Contact us by telephone at 1-800-346-3243. Your information will be forwarded to the Texas Rangerassigned to this case.
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