AUSTIN - The Texas Department of Public Safety is hoping to solve the 1974 murder of a South Texas Police Officer that has been cold for over 42-years.
On December 1, 1974, Alice Police Officer Matthew Murphy stopped a two-door vehicle at the intersection of West Main St. and U.S. HWY 281 in Alice, Texas. Several minutes after the stop, another officer found Murphy in the street after being shot multiple times. Murphy was taken to an area hospital where he late died.
Witnesses in the area describe a two-door car with more than one person inside leaving the area. Responding officers were unable to locate the car after it left the scene.
As part of the Office of the Governor and Texas Crime Stopper's Fallen Hero Reward - Texas Remembers program, a reward up to $20,000 is being offered for information that results in the arrest of the person or people responsible for Officer Murphy's death.
Created in January 2016, the Fallen Hero Reward program is designed to help generate new investigative leads in unsolved cases involving Texas Law Enforcement Officers or first responders who were murdered or suffered incapacitating injuries while in the line of duty or acting in an official capacity.
To be eligible for the cash rewards, anyone with information about the murder of Officer Matthew Murphy is encouraged to send DPS tips in three different ways:
- Call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477).
- Text the letters “DPS”– followed by your tip – to 274637 (CRIMES) from your cell phone.
- Submit a tip online: https://www.tipsubmit.com/WebTipsCSI.aspx?L=E&AgencyID=650.