Unsolved Murders of 2015

It's been a little over a month since 73-year old Chris Whitmarsh was found murdered inside his South Austin home.

"I miss cooking for him, I miss him walking to the mailbox, and complaining," says neighbor Reggie Jackson.

"He went to church everyday, but the day they didn't have church," his other neighbor Sheila Thompson added.

That's where Austin Police say Whitmarsh was headed when the woman who was supposed to take him there found his lifeless body just days before Thanksgiving.

Shelley Martinez who lives across the street says she didn't hear anything, "All I remember is coming back from the pizza place and seeing the crime scene tape."

Whitmarsh would have turned seventy-four on December 14. "He was a great person," Jackson remembers, adding, "and he didn't deserve to die the way he died."

While Chris Whitmarsh's neighbors mourn their loss, they also wait with anticipation while his murderer is hunted. "It's pretty frightening to know that the ones who did it are still out there," says Martinez.

And Reggie Jackson believes it's only a matter of time before justice is served for his beloved neighbor, "we must remember we shall reap what we sow," he says, "so those of us who decide to do God's job, and take him, they shall reap what they sow."

Whitmarsh's is one of twenty-five murders this year, and Austin Police say, it's one of four that are still unsolved.

Phillip Liberty's is another case. The 75-year old Navy Veteran was found dead in his Northwest Austin garage on November 19. He was supposed to get his two year-old grandson from daycare. Instead, according to Austin Police, Irwin Pentland picked the child up without permission.

Austin Police spoke to FOX 7 during the investigation, "according to all accounts they were friends," says APD's Lieutenant Justin Newsom, who added, they "frequently hung out together, so there's nothing to indicate there was any anger between them at all.

Police arrested Irwin Pentland though after they say his story didn't add up. They now consider him a suspect. He was arrested for child endangerment. Though murder charges have not been filed

43-year old Andrea Hill was murdered on February 12. Police found his body in a ditch on the side of an apartment complex in Southeast Austin. They say he had several gunshot wounds in his chest. 

The fourth unsolved murder, is Lewis Lane's. The 23-year old was found on Gaines Mill Road. Police say there was "apparent trauma to his body." He was taken to University Medical Center Brackenridge, and was pronounced dead.

Austin Police are asking anyone with information about any of these unsolved cases to call their Homicide Tip Line: 512-477-3588.

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