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Texas DPS Seeks Leads in 1985 Social Worker Murder Cold Case

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A case from 1985 has recently been brought back into the limelight by the Texas Department of Public Safety. They’re looking for leads in the murder cold case of then 32-year-old Dorothy Estep, who was last witnessed alive, leaving her residence in Mexia (northeast of Waco) on September 29 of that year. Her body was discovered in the trunk of her own car the following day. An increased reward of $6,000 is being offered for information that leads to an arrest in this case.

According to authorities, Estep was on her way to pick up her daughter at her ex-husband’s home on the day she was murdered. She was reported missing on September 30, 1985, when a coworker said that she failed to make it to work and they were unable to reach her. Later that day, Estep’s body was found in the trunk of her car in McLennan County. Although authorities had a number of leads, they’ve exhausted them all throughout their investigation and are now looking to the public for any additional help.

Texas DPS Seeks Leads in 1985 Social Worker Murder Cold Case

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A statement from the Texas Department of Public Safety was released regarding the increased reward in the Dorothy Estep murder cold case. She was a state social worker. Her car, a yellow Plymouth Sapporo, was located near the Elk cutoff on state highway 84. The case has been an ongoing investigation ever since, one of more than 36 such cases being handled by McLennan County Cold Case Unit.

Texas DPS Seeks Leads in 1985 Social Worker Murder Cold Case

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The Texas Rangers generally offer a reward of $3,000 for information that leads to arrests in unsolved homicide cases. In an effort to generate more tips and leads in the Estep murder cold case, that reward has been doubled. However, that increased reward amount is only offered for tips that are received during the time that particular case is featured. All tips are anonymous. To be eligible for the reward, the information provided to the authorities can be called in to the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477). Tips can also be provided through the Texas Rangers cold case website at the link available here, or by contacting them at 1-800-346-3242.