SAN ANTONIO - A new detective and new evidence in a 15-year-old murder case is giving the victim's family new hope.
Gina Tovar was murdered July 18, 1997. Her body was found under a pile of clothes in a U-Haul van parked at the Alamo Downs business complex. She was last seen alive in the van at the Phillips 66 gas station at 410 and Culebra, around 1:00 a.m. Police said the van appears to have been parked in the lot between 2:20 and 3:00 a.m.
"Being a new detective on the case, I'm going to take these two pieces of evidence and compare them to what other detectives have done in the past," Detective Michael De Leon said. He did not disclose what the new evidence is to protect the investigation.
Gina was murdered on her sister Michelle Lewis' birthday.
"Somebody has to know something, heard something saw something, knew something. Maybe it's just time to come forward and get that off their chest," Lewis said. She's trying to keep her sister's story alive so her killer or killers will one day be found.
Police still have a suspect and two persons of interest in the case. If you have any information about the crime, you can call Crime Stoppers at 224-STOP. You can remain anonymous and you could receive up to a $10,000 reward.