Police Chief Joe Treviño said investigators are still looking for a suspect who could be arrested and charged with the murder.
Coastal Bend Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information that could result in an arrest.
According to a report filed on Dec. 20, 2012, Trueman Brown’s body was found lying in a pool of blood in his apartment at just before 7:30 that morning.
The first officers at the scene met with a woman who said she had looked into Brown’s apartment to check on him. It was then that she found the victim.
Officers said they found the main door to the unit was open, so one of them opened the screen door to try to determine whether or not the victim was still alive.
The victim appeared to be Hispanic, and one of the first things the officers noticed was that he had what appeared to be a substantial wound that could have been fatal. Officers said they looked for signs that the man might still be breathing and saw none.
There were also signs that the body had been in that location, possibly for several hours.
At that point the officers began to seal off the area so that a crime scene investigation could be conducted.
Later, emergency medical service personnel arrived at the scene and confirmed that there was nothing they could do for the victim.
Other officers, including investigators and patrol supervisors, were called to begin a search for evidence and to secure the crime scene.
Officers spoke with persons at the scene who had known the victim and interviewed one possible suspect.
The investigation reportedly turned up another potential suspect, but investigators were never able to make any arrests in the case.
Treviño said investigators would like to hear any information that could lead them to a suspect.
Evidence at the scene led investigators to believe that Brown might have known the assailant, and officers said no one at the apartment complex had reported hearing any disturbance in the hours before the body was discovered.
If anyone has information that could lead to an arrest, Treviño asked that the local Crime Stoppers organization be contacted at 362-0206. Long-distance callers may reach the organization’s hotline at (877) 362-0206. Internet users may contact the organization by email at coastalbendcrimestoppers.com.
Treviño stressed the fact that witnesses who contact Crime Stoppers always remain anonymous.
The organization pays a cash reward without ever identifying the person who provides the information.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 343-5220, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.