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Reward increased in Rusk county cold case murder

LONGVIEW,TX (KLTV) - Authorities in Rusk county are asking for the public's help in trying to solve a year old cold case murder. It happened on May 8th of 2010 when Rusk County Sheriff's Deputies found the body of a Kilgore man in a trailer home off of County Road 1112-D in Northern Rusk County. It was well known to police as a vacant home, but Mother's Day last year, the body of 44-year-old Jason Vickers was found here.

"We've had persons of interest but just nothing concrete to make and arrest, and make that arrest stay, maybe help us to gather information to solve this murder," says Rusk County Sheriff's Office Sergeant Viki Penny.

A year later investigators a no closer to finding answers, and have enlisted the help of crime stoppers to help jog memories of anyone who might have information.

"We went to Rusk County Crime Stoppers and asked for and increase to a reward amount from $1,000 to $5,000 to help investigators solve this crime," Penny says. "The longer the case goes, people forget stuff and what happened and that longer the case goes the harder it will be to solve," she says.

Investigators say there is evidence to show that Vickers was probably killed before Mother's Day, his body was found the morning after, but what he was doing there and why this happened, they still have no clues. Vickers lived in Kilgore, and though his death is officially a murder, little else is known. Investigators hope someone will come forward.

"Someone somewhere knows what happened we're looking for that person to step out, do what's right, says Penny.

Rusk County Crime Stoppers will pay $5,000 for information leading to arrests and convictions in the case.

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