HOUSTON – Crime Stoppers and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office held a press conference Tuesday asking for the public’s help in identifying and locating the suspect(s) responsible for the death of a woman who was gunned down in her front yard while setting up for a garage sale three years ago.
Tuesday marked the third anniversary of 29-year-old Elizabeth Barraza’s murder.
Detectives working her case said they haven’t given up and still hope the public can help them turn this murder mystery into a murder conviction.
Crime Stoppers announced that the reward has increased to $50,000 for information leading to an arrest that will solve this case.
Harris County Detective Wallace Wyatt said this is not a cold case and is still active. He said investigators were recently in Miami, Florida interviewing a person of interest.
“Here we are, three years later, and we are still doggedly engaged in this fight for justice. We will never give up,” said Elizabeth’s father, Bob Nuelle.
He said more than 145 people have helped him and his family raise an additional $35,000 to increase the reward in hopes that someone will come forward.
“50,000 reasons for someone to do the right thing to get this coward off the street,” Nuelle said.
Elizabeth’s husband, Sergio Barraza, said they hope to get “Justice for Liz” this year.
“Somebody out there knows something,” Sergio said. “We need justice for Liz and we hope to get that this year.”
District Attorney Kim Ogg said unsolved cases are unfinished business for law enforcement and those who are in prosecution will always be there to bring the family justice.
“Sometimes it takes years, but they will eventually get justice,” Ogg said.