The Harris County Sheriff’s Office Homicide investigators are seeking the public’s help in locating or identifying the owner of a car involved in the murder of an elderly man last week.

A motorist driving a car identified as a 2010-2011, dark red or maroon, four-door Chevy Cruz with factory tinted windows and wheels, is wanted for the death of a family patriarch. The accident took place in northwest Harris County.

family Authorities Seek Information In Murder Of Family Patriarch [PHOTOS]

Family of Maglorio Reynaldo Cortes. (photo provided by: HCSO)

The HCSO offers details of the incident: “On Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at approximately 6 p.m., Harris County Constable Precinct 4 deputies responded to an unknown medical emergency in the 11100 block of Springsong Drive in northwest Harris County. When deputies arrived they discovered 74-year-old Maglorio Reynaldo Cortes unresponsive in the roadway. Cortes was transported to Cy-Fair Hospital where he died from a gunshot wound. During the investigation HCSO deputies learned from neighbors that Cortes was known to take daily walks through the neighborhood, often carrying a stick.”

Additional information from the HCSO indicates that neighbors reported hearing gunshots. They also observed that maroon colored Chevy Cruz leaving the scene of the crime.

car Authorities Seek Information In Murder Of Family Patriarch [PHOTOS]

photo of Chevy Cruz car. (photo provided by HCSO)

Several light-skinned males were observed inside the car.Their nationality is not known although investigators believe the men are of Hispanic or Caucasian descent.

“Cortes leaves behind his wife whom he had been married to for over 50 years, six children and several grandchildren and great grandchildren,” adds the HCSO.

Anyone with information about the vehicle or the suspect (or suspects) inside the vehicle is being urged to call Crime Stoppers of Houston at 713-222-TIPS (8477). The HCSO reminds the public that tipsters who provide information that leads to an arrest could be eligable for a cash reward of up to $5,000.

“Tips can also be sent by text message. Text TIP610 plus your tip to CRIMES (274637). All tipsters remain anonymous,” states the HCSO.

Cicely C. Mitchell, CBS Radio Houston


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