Justice sought in 1982 cold case murder

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) - Authorities have been seeking justice for a 19-year-old woman who was sexually assaulted and shot to death in Northeast Travis County after leaving her job Thanksgiving Eve 1982.

Ruth Elizabeth Bettis was a young college student when her body was found in a pasture near Sprinkle Cutoff Road, east of Dessau Rd. in Travis County on Thanksgiving Day, 1982.

Bettis worked part time at Sugar's, a well-known 'gentleman's club' near Highland Mall in Austin. At work, customers knew her by the name of 'Gibson.'

Witnesses last saw Bettis getting into her light blue 1969 Volkswagen Beetle with an unknown man described as a black male the evening of Nov. 24, 1982. Her car was not found at the crime scene, but was located nearby on the same road.

Despite nearly 35-years of exhaustive investigation, the Travis County Sheriff's Office and the Texas Rangers have been unable to bring this case to a close.

Texas DPS is now offering an increased $6,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of the person or people responsible for Bettis' brutal murder if the tip is received before next month's featured case is announced.

To be eligible for rewards, tipsters must provide information to authorities by calling the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1 (800) 252-TIPS. You may also submit information through the Texas Ranger Cold Case website or by contacting them at 1 (800) 346-3243.

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