HOUSTON - Law enforcement officials have increased the reward to find the person(s) responsible for murdering a family of four from the Cypress area.
On Jan. 30, Harris County Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched on a welfare check to a residence located on the 14000 block of Fosters Creek Drive in northwest Harris County. Deputies say they found the bodies of four people -- two parents and two children -- in the home. All suffered gunshot wounds to the head.
Deputies identified the parents as Maoye Sun, 50, and his wife, Mei Xie, 49, and the children as their sons, Titus and Timothy Sun.
The husband and wife were Chinese immigrants and they had two young sons who attended nearby Sampson Elementary School. Family friends say one boy was in second grade and the other was in fourth grade.
Harris County Sheriff's Office investigators say they have narrowed the time frame of when the murders occurred to 28 hours -- between 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24 when the husband left work, and 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, when the boys failed to appear at a Boy Scouts event.
Crime Stoppers of Houston announced Wednesday that the reward for information leading to the filing of felony charges or arrest of the suspect(s) responsible has been increased to $70,000. The announcement was made at a press conference hosted at the Cole's Crossing Community Center in Cypress.
Sheriff Adrian Garcia, investigators from the Harris County Sheriff's Office Homicide Unit, Clear Channel Outdoor and members of the Houston Chinese Alliance were in attendance. Investigators also briefed the public on the status of the ongoing investigation into the incident and released a photo of the family.
Clear Channel Outdoor will display advertisements announcing the increased reward and message, "WHO KILLED THE SUN FAMILY? $70,000 REWARD," on its digital billboards around Houston and other major Texas cities.
The HCSO is working with the FBI and other law enforcement agencies to solve the murder puzzle, according to Garcia.
Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect(s) is asked to contact Crime Stoppers of Houston.
Crime Stoppers will pay up to $70,000 for any information that leads to the filing of felony charges or arrest of the suspect(s) in this case. Download Houston Crime Stoppers in the Apple App Store, the Google Play Store and the Blackberry App World. Call 713-222-TIPS (8477). Text TIP610 plus your tip to CRIMES (274637). Or click here to submit a tip online.
All tipsters remain anonymous.
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