RCPD Seeks Person Of Interest In 1977 Homicide

By: Lindsey Rogers Email
By: Lindsey Rogers Email

RILEY COUNTY, Kan. (WIBW) -- The Riley County Police Department is asking for help from the public in locating a woman they say is now a person of interest in a 1977 killing. Officials say a witness recently provided police with new information on the cold case.

On August 4, 1977, officers were called to the area of the North Crest Trailer Park (Hunter's Island) where the body of 29-year-old Warren "Tiger" Lewis was discovered.

Police say Lewis had been shot and his body was found on the side of the highway on the south side of Manhattan by a jogger, after having been there for several days.

According to press release sent out by the Riley County Police Department on Thursday, May 31, 2012, a person of interest has recently been developed after speaking with a witness from that period.

Investigators would like to speak to the ex-wife of Dewayne Murrell, also known as "Cornbocker." Police say Murrell and the victim knew each other. Dewayne Murrell passed away in the 1980's but officials believe his ex-wife could have information on the deadly shooting. She is believed to be between the ages of 50-65. Her first name might be Wynonna and she is believed to reside in New York state.

She may also have an uncle that goes by the name of Dennis White who possibly passed away several months ago.

According to investigators, the woman is not a suspect but they believe that people may have spoken to her about the murder.

RCPD officials say investigators were following up on a 1980 rape case when the new lead in the Lewis homicide emerged. Lieutenant Michael Quintanar with the RCPD Investigations Division says detectives dug up different associations while investigating the rape case that led them to reopen the probe into Lewis' death. Quintanar says some of the names that popped up in both investigations are people who "ran in the same circles" back then.

Quintanar says police would like to identify the killer so they can finally give Lewis' family some closure after all these years.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Riley County Police or Detective Ryan Runyan at 785-537-2112, ext. 2465.

Anonymous tips can be left with the Manhattan/Riley County Crimestoppers at 785-539-7777 or toll free at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). You can also visit their website for other options: www.manhattanrileycountycrimestoppers.com.

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