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Texas DPS Increases Reward for Leads in 1980 Midland Cold Case

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Seeking a lead in a 1980 cold case, the Texas Department of Public Safety has increased the reward and issued a request for the public’s help in solving the disappearance of Kristy Lynn Booth. Booth’s last-known whereabouts were at the Dimensions Nightclub in Midland on February 2 of 1980. Only her shoes and her coat were found at the club, where she was seen at approximately 11:30 p.m.

Following her disappearance, Booth’s car was located roughly two miles south of Midland, approximately two days later. It had been abandoned. DPS stated it had been borrowed by one of Booth’s friends, Ron Ferrengburg, who noted dropping her off at the club and leaving. It was discovered that Booth was missing when Ferrengburg stated he returned to the club to pick her up at 11:00 p.m. and couldn’t locate her. Unfortunately, she wasn’t reported missing for five days afterward.

Texas DPS Increases Reward for Leads in 1980 Midland Cold Case

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According to case details, Booth was seen with friends at the popular nightclub. On the night in question, the temperatures in the area were noted as being considerably cold. Subsequently, investigators believe she would not have left the nightclub of her own accord without her shoes or her coat, unless she hadn’t planned on a prolonged absence from the building. When located, Booth’s car (identified as a maroon and white 1975 or 1977 AMC Pacer similar to the model above) had been driven 268 miles which were unaccounted for. Ferrengburg (the driver) was originally considered a suspect in the case, but passed a polygraph test.

Texas DPS Increases Reward for Leads in 1980 Midland Cold Case

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A reward for information in the Kristy Lynn Booth disappearance has been increased to $6K by the DPS, should tips lead to the arrest of anyone responsible (if the tip is received prior to this case being featured as next month’s Texas Rangers cold case). The Dimensions Nightclub at which Booth was last seen closed up in the early ’80s. Ferrengburg, a person of interest in the case, is deceased.

Foul play has been suspected in the disappearance of Booth. Lt. B. J. Land serves with the Midland Police Department’s Investigative Services Bureau. Land told newswest9.com that over the years suspects and leads were developed, but they never had evidence to prosecute or arrest. Those with information on the disappearance of Kristy Lynn Booth are asked to contact the DPS Missing Persons Hotline at 1-800-346-3243 or call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477). All tips are anonymous. Tips can also be submitted via the Texas Ranger cold case website at the link provided here.