On April 16, 1968, five members of the Arellano family, Juan, 29; Monica, 24; Rosa, 21; Eduardo, 1; Leticia, 2, were murdered in rural Edwards County, Texas. The sole survivor of this heinous crime was Manuel Arellano Jr., age 5. If you have any information about this case, contact Texas Crime Stoppers at 1-800-252-8477. You could be eligible for a $3,000 reward. You can remain anonymous.
A murder mystery that's baffled Texas lawmen for over 50 years
Five members of the Arrellano family, including two children, were murdered in 1968. A retired San Antonio police officer seeks justice for the lone survivor.
Person of interest vehicle. A witness reported that the person of interest was driving a 2-tone 1967 Chevrolet Fleetside Series 10 pickup with a white top and a green or blue bottom. Photo courtesy of Skyway Classics. Credit: San Angelo Standard-Times.
Sonora man remembers 1968 murder victims with memorial marker on side of highway
1967 Chevrolet Fleetside Series 10 pickup. Photo courtesy of Skyway Classics. Credit: San Angelo Standard-Times.
Person of interest. White male, over 6 feet tall, and weighing about 200 pounds. 30-35 years of age with sandy hair, light eyebrows, and pockmarks or a rash on his neck. He wore a straw cowboy hat, had boots with an eagle design on the side, and his pants were tucked into them. He wore a large hunting knife on his belt. Photo courtesy of Gone Cold Podcast. Credit: San Angelo Standard-Times.
The victims white over-blue, 1958 Buick. Photo courtesy of Texas Department of Public Safety.
Texas Rangers Cold Case Investigation Details
REFERENCE NUMBER: 256 - Unsolved
RELATED YEAR: 1968
On April 16, 1968, the Arellano family (Juan, 29; Monica, 24; Rosa, 21; Eduardo, 1; Leticia, 2; and Manuel Jr., 5) were traveling from Mexico to San Angelo, Texas to meet with family members. Their car broke down, with a flat tire. Sometime after that, five (5) members of the family were murdered in rural Edwards County, south of Sonora, Texas. Their bodies were located near Highway U.S. 277. The victims had been shot, stabbed, beaten and Rosa had been sexually assaulted. Leticia died at the hospital two days later. The sole survivor of the incident was Manuel Arellano Jr. Over the years, multiple leads have been followed without success. This case remains one of the most heinous, unsolved, mass murders in Texas. As of this time, no pictures of the family are available. The victims were traveling in a white over blue, 1958 Buick, as seen in this photograph.
The Texas Rangers are seeking the public’s help to help solve this case.
Texas Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $3,000 to any person who provides information that leads to the arrest of the person/persons responsible for this crime. To be eligible for the cash rewards, tipsters MUST call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477). All tips are anonymous. Tipsters will be provided a tip number instead of using a name. Submit a Tip
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