Memorial for double murder victims grows, and so does Crime Stoppers cash reward

Memorial for double murder victims grows, and so does Crime Stoppers cash reward

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - A make-shift memorial is set up outside the home of Monday's double murder crime scene in Wichita Falls. As that memorial continues to grow with candles, flowers and a banner of condolences on North 3rd Street, so has the reward Crimes Stoppers is offering to solve the case.

The reward is $1,500 more than usual, totaling $2,500, plus an additional $500 if your information leads to an arrest by noon Wednesday.

Investigators said they have gotten some information, but the more tips they get, the better the chance they have of solving this crime. Sergeant Harold McClure, with the Wichita Falls Police Department, says getting information as soon as possible makes a huge impact on the case.

"It could be the difference between a closed case and a cold case. What I mean by that is after the first 48 hours, the chances of solving the crime is basically cut in half," said Sgt. McClure.
Sergeant McClure said the longer time goes by without talking to police, people's stories can change and affect the ultimate outcome.

He said he knows some people do not want to talk to the police.

"Sometimes for whatever reason they don't want to talk the police, but they have information that they do want to share. Crime Stoppers is a great outlet for that.  It allows people to share information without leaving their names," said Sgt. McClure.  
Family and friends of the two men killed are desperate for answers
"He just did not deserve to go the way he did.  Whoever did it: I, the family, we hate you from the bottom of our hearts," said Juanita Mack, a friend of victim William Samuel Rankin.

"That could be your loved one, and if someone has information on the subject who hurt or killed your loved one, you would definitely want that to be made known," said Sgt. McClure.
He said even the smallest tip can be the piece of the puzzle detectives need to put it all together and close this case.

If you know have any information on this crime or heard anything Monday morning, call Crime Stoppers at (940) 322-9888. You never have to give your name and could earn a cash reward.

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