AUSTIN, TX (KTRE) - In the hopes of solving the 1991 murder of 34-year-old Kathy Page, the Texas Department of Public Safety has increased the reward for any information that leads to the arrest of those responsible for the crime.
Page was strangled and left in her vehicle, which was left in a ditch in an effort to make it look like she died in a car wreck.
If the tip is received before the next month's featured Texas Rangers case is announced the reward will be up to $6,000, according to a press release. A reward of up to $3,000 is routinely offered for any information leading to an arrest on all cases on the Texas Rangers' Unsolved Homicides website.
On the morning of May 14, 1991, officers with the Vidor Police Department found Page's body inside her car.
"She had been strangled, and the vehicle was positioned in a ditch in a staged attempt to conceal the murder as a car accident," the press release stated. "The investigation revealed that at the time of her death, Page was recently separated from her husband of 13 years. She worked at a local restaurant in Beaumont."
According to the information on the Texas Rangers' cold case website, Page was found near her residence in Vidor. An autopsy revealed that she had been murdered.
Page was last seen in Beaumont a few hours before she died. She worked at the Hoffbrau Restaurant in Beaumont, and she lived with her two daughters, who were 12 and 7 at the time of her death.
Vidor is located about 60 miles southwest of Jasper, and the town is located in Orange County.
To be eligible for the cash reward, tipsters must provide information to authorities by calling the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477). All tips are anonymous.
People may also submit information through the Texas Rangers cold case website, or by calling the DPS Missing Persons Hotline at 1-800-346-3243.
"The DPS Texas Rangers' Unsolved Homicides website provides information on more than 75 cases in an effort to help garner public interest in unsolved or 'cold cases,'" the press release stated. "Texas Crime Stoppers offers rewards (funded by the Governor's Criminal Justice Division and administered by DPS) of up to $3,000 for information that leads to the arrest of those responsible for any Rangers cold case listed on the website."
One case from the Texas Rangers Unsolved Crimes Investigation (Cold Case) Program is featured each month in an effort to generate new investigative leads and bring attention to the cases.
"The Texas Ranger Unsolved Crimes Investigation Program was created to assist Texas law enforcement agencies investigating unsolved murders or violent serial crimes," the press release stated. "Since there is no statute of limitations for the offense of murder, investigators pursue these cases to a successful resolution or until no viable leads remain."