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New push to solve 1982 murder case in Liberty County

LIBERTY COUNTY, Texas – Thirty-three years after the death of his beloved sister-in-law, Leon Wilson is still waiting for her killer to be caught and brought to justice.

At the time of her death in August 1982, Monica Wilson, 19, was newly married and had her whole life ahead of her.

It was midnight on Aug. 26 when Wilson left what used to be Snappy's convenience store in Liberty where she worked as a clerk. At 10:40 a.m. the next morning, her body was found south of Dayton alone FM 1409, about six miles from where police discovered her abandoned car. She had been fatally stabbed in the throat.

Police interviewed witnesses and potential suspects, but after exhausting all leads, the trail to catch her killer eventually grew cold. No weapon was ever recovered and to this day, all these years later, no one knows who killed Monica "Christie"  Wilson.

Physical evidence in the case was all but destroyed by Hurricane Rita in 2005, but the Texas Rangers believe there are still viable clues, and they say several people, identified as suspects by Liberty police, are still alive.

The Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas Rangers Unsolved Crimes Investigation Team are asking for the public's help in solving her homicide. As part of a public awareness program launched last month, DPS is featuring one unsolved case each month in an effort to generate new investigative leads. Montogomery County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to arrest in this case.