RUSK COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - An interview with a long sought after witness, and a slip of the tongue by a suspect, resulted in an arrest in an 11-year old East Texas murder case.
In May 2006, Rusk County authorities discovered the body of 20-year old Joseph Michael Douglas off a remote oil pipeline road. Since then, investigators have spent countless hours looking for evidence and searching for witnesses, but it was never enough to identify a suspect...until about four weeks ago.
Investigators finally found the man they were looking for through hard work, and a lucky break. For Gayle Thompson, it has been 11 long years, waiting for any news about who murdered her son Joseph.
"It's been hard. Joe has children, they're teenagers now. They were small when the murder happened. Is anything happening? No," she says.
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Chief Deputy Charles Helton has been working the case from the very beginning.