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DPS increases reward in 1985 cold case death of Mexia woman

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Posted at 5:31 PM, Apr 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-14 18:31:41-04

MEXIA, TX — The Texas Department of Public Safety has increased the reward for leads in the 1985 cold case death of a Mexia woman.

Thirty two-year-old Dorothy Estep was last seen by her neighbor leaving her home to pick up her daughter from her ex-husband's house on September 29, 1985. The next day, Estep failed to show up for work as a social worker for the state. A coworker reporter her missing after not being able to reach her.

Later in the day on September 30, 1985, Estep's car, a yellow Plymouth Sapporo, was found on U.S. 84 near the Elk cutoff in McLennan County. Estep was found dead in the trunk.

Texas Rangers and local law enforcement have worked the case, however all leads have been exhausted. The Rangers are asking for the public's help to solve the case.

An increased reward of up to $6,000 is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of those responsible. A $3,000 reward for information is routinely offered on all cases on the Texas Rangers Unsolved Homicides website.

To submit a tip, call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477). All tips are anonymous. Individuals can also submit information through the Texas Rangers cold case website or by contacting them at 1-800-346-3242 (Missing Persons Hotline).