Wichita Falls, TX

Police Seek Help in Multiple Wichita Falls Cold Cases

Josie Klakström

There’s $30,000 of unclaimed reward money for three murder investigations

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Esther Holmes - 1982

Little is known about Esther Holmes’ attack and subsequent murder. The 66-year-old was found in the overgrowth near the 1300 block of 11th Street in Wichita Falls on the 6th of June 1982. She’s been sexually assaulted and beaten, left to die in the bushes. Her daughter eventually identified her days later, and she succumbed to her injuries 20 days later.

Very little is known about the original crime, and police are now seeking help from the public to create a timeline and speak to witnesses who were living in Wichita Falls at the time.

Anyone with information on the cold case is asked to call Crime Stoppers of Wichita Falls at 940-322-9888. Long-distance callers can use the number 1-800-322-9888. There is a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

John Ritcher - 1997

John Wayne Ritcher was beaten to death with an unknown weapon in the Trade Winds Motel on Broad on the 8th of June 1997. Again, police have very little information about the case and are asking anyone in the area at the time to come forward. There is a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest for the crime.

Anyone with information on the cold case is asked to call Crime Stoppers of Wichita Falls at 940-322-9888. Long-distance callers can use the number 1-800-322-9888.

Charles Britt – 2008

Thirteen years ago, Charles Britt was shot outside his home as he returned with pizza for his family. His wife Christina tried to call the police as instructed by Charles, as she saw him stumble around in the yard while a man ran away from the scene. Charles died from his injuries, leaving behind his wife of four years and two children.

Though the assault was up close, police believed it was indiscriminate.

“With a cold case like this, it’s very likely that it was someone that victim didn’t know at all,” Wichita Falls Detective John Laughlin explained, “It was a complete, kind of, random stranger act and that’s why this one has kind of become difficult to get any traction on.”

With an updated reward from $2,500 to $10,000, police are eager to hear from people who lived in the area at the time or may know something about the murder. Information can be called into Crime Stoppers of Wichita Falls at 940-322-9888. Long-distance callers can use the number 1-800-322-9888.

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