Williamson County Sheriff's Office asking public's help in resolving 1988 homicide

Posted at 5:03 PM, Oct 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-20 18:03:30-04

The Williamson County Sheriff's Office is asking the public's help in resolving an unsolved homicide case from 1988.

The homicide occurred near the community of Shiloh, TX in eastern Williamson County on March 5, 1988. 

Around 10 p.m. on March 5, the victim identified as 77-year-old S.E. Ritchey and his wife arrived at their rural home after closing their laundromat they operated in Taylor and finishing their weekly grocery shopping. 

When they arrived home, they were attacked in their driveway while unloading groceries from their car. 

Ritchey was struck in the head with a blunt object and his wife was also assaulted and left unconscious. 

Shortly after the assault, Mrs. Ritchey was able to get help and her husband was taken to the hospital where he died on March 22, 1988 as a result of a fractured skull. 

The investigation determined that the couple were targets of a robbery.

Mr. Ritchey's wallet was taken from him and cash from his wife's purse. 

His wallet described as a black wallet with the initials "S.E.R" imprinted on it has never been recovered. 

Anyone with information as to the identity of the suspect or suspects involved in this case is asked to contact the Williamson County Cold Case Unit Detective John Pokorny at 512-943-3739.

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