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DPS looking for leads in 1985 cold case death of Mexia woman

Dorothy Estep, 32, was last seen by her neighbor on Sept. 29, 1985, when she was leaving her home in Mexia, located just outside of Waco in Limestone County.
Credit: Texas DPS

MEXIA, Texas — The Texas Department of Public Safety is looking for information and asked for the public’s help to solve the 1985 cold case homicide of Dorothy Estep.

A reward of up to $6,000 has been offered for information that leads to the arrest of the people or person responsible for Estep's death if the information is given before the next featured Texas Rangers cold case is announced. A $3,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest is usually offered on all cases on the Texas Rangers Unsolved Homicides website.

Estep, 32, was last seen by her neighbor on  Sept. 29, 1985, when she was leaving her home in Mexia, located just outside of Waco in Limestone County. She was going to pick up her daughter from her ex-husband’s house. The next day, Estep didn't show up for work, where she was a social worker for the state of Texas. After being unable to reach her, a coworker reported her missing, according to Texas DPS.

Later in the day on Sept. 30, 1985, Estep’s vehicle, a yellow Plymouth Sapporo, was found on U.S. 84 near the Elk cutoff in McLennan County. Estep was found dead in the trunk, according to Texas DPS

Texas Rangers and local law enforcement have worked diligently on this investigation, but, all leads have been exhausted.

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

You can also submit information through the Texas Rangers cold case website or by contacting them at 1-800-346-3242 (Missing Persons Hotline).

For more information, visit the Texas Rangers cold case website.

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