DPS offers increased reward, seeks leads in 1993 cold case from

DPS offers increased reward, seeks leads in 1993 cold case from Hockley County

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AUSTIN, Texas -

The Texas Department of Public Safety:

The Texas Department of Public Safety is asking for the public’s help in solving the 1993 disappearance of Stephane Meeks Henderson, and an increased reward of up to $6,000 is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of those responsible if the tip is received before the next featured Texas Rangers cold case is announced. 

Henderson was 21 years old when she went missing from her home in Levelland, Texas, on Nov. 27, 1993. She had called her grandmother to come pick her up at the house, but Henderson was gone when her grandmother arrived. Stephane’s husband, Ricky Don Henderson, told authorities she had left with friends from Hobbs, New Mexico.

Stephane's grandmother Martha later received a letter from Hobbs claiming she was alive and well, but the letter was postmarked from Lubbock.

Suspicious, Martha sent the letter to police, but investigators at the time could not connect Ricky Henderson to it. 

Investigator Ray Scifres said new DNA testing could prove Stephane did not write the letter.

Henderson has not been seen since this day in November 1993. She would be 46 years old today. The Texas Rangers are asking for the public’s help for any information that will lead them to evidence in this case or information that will help solve this crime.

To be eligible for the cash rewards, tipsters must provide information to authorities by calling the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477). All tips are anonymous.

Individuals also can submit information through the Texas Rangers cold case website or by contacting us at 1-800-346-3243 (DPS Missing Persons Hotline).

The DPS Texas Rangers Unsolved Homicides website provides information on more than 75 cases in an effort to help garner public interest in unsolved or “cold cases.” Texas Crime Stoppers offers rewards (funded by the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division and administered by DPS) of up to $3,000 for information that leads to the arrest of those responsible for any Rangers cold case listed on the website. For more information, visit the Texas Rangers cold case website.

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