Montgomery County Sheriff's Office launches regional cold-case information campaign

Montgomery County Sheriff Rand Henderson provided information on the Cold Case Warm Up program's first featured case at a Feb. 2 press conference in Conroe. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Montgomery County Sheriff Rand Henderson provided information on the Cold Case Warm Up program's first featured case at a Feb. 2 press conference in Conroe. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)

Montgomery County Sheriff Rand Henderson provided information on the Cold Case Warm Up program's first featured case at a Feb. 2 press conference in Conroe. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office launched a new regional public information initiative Feb. 2 aimed at soliciting leads for unsolved county crimes.

Through the new program, Cold Case Warm Up, Montgomery County cold cases will be featured on billboards throughout the Greater Houston area alongside contact details for anyone wishing to submit possible information or tips about the cases. The campaign is a partnership between the county sheriff's office, advertiser Clear Channel Outdoor and the nonprofit Multi-County Crime Stoppers.

"It's a sad situation that we have a case that is this old. But someone, somewhere knows something about this case and we hope that with the creation of all these market impressions throughout the area, someone will come forth with some information that will lead to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrators of this particular case," Lee Vela, vice president of public affairs for Clear Channel, said at a Feb. 2 press conference in Conroe.

The first unsolved crime to be featured through Cold Case Warm Up is the August 1995 murders of John and Pansy Stewart in Conroe. Sheriff Rand Henderson said the pair were discovered in their Foster Street home around one week after the murders took place, with the house "ransacked" and several guns and pieces of jewelry missing. Despite efforts over the past 25-plus years to solve the case, the sheriff's office and its cold-case unit are now seeking additional assistance from the public, Henderson said.

“We have kept this case open trying to develop leads. As the years have gone by, that has become more difficult. It has finally evolved into the status of a cold case. We are blessed at the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office to have an active coldcase unit who have also picked up this case, and they are working tirelessly," he said. "Through this partnership we hope to develop leads. If anyone in our community has any information on this absolutely senseless murder, we ask that you contact Multi-County Crime Stoppers and relay that information. You may do so anonymously.”

Several of the victims' relatives were also present at the press conference and asked for assistance through the program from anyone with new information on the 1995 killings.

“We would just like to see if we can find someone, somewhere that knows something about this crime. We need closure. My parents need justice," the victims' son John Stewart said. "I just would like one person to say something to someone that would help us solve this."

The first billboard displaying information for the county's Cold Case Warm Up partnership was unveiled just north of Exit 84B on I-45 N. in Conroe on Feb. 2, south of S. Loop 336 E. on Hwy. 75.

Vela said the initiative will eventually include 32 billboards throughout the region and is expected to generate millions of market impressions from passersby every month. A new Montgomery County cold case will be featured across the billboard network on a quarterly basis, Vela said.

Anyone with information on a cold case can contact Multi-County Crime Stoppers at 800-392-7867.
By Ben Thompson
Ben joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2019 as a reporter for The Woodlands area and began working as Austin's City Hall reporter in April 2021.


The Firework Extravaganza will begin at 9:30 p.m. July 4 (Courtesy The Woodlands Township)
Celebrate dad, see Fourth of July fireworks: 12 things to do in The Woodlands area this June and July

Events in The Woodlands area in June and July include celebrations for Father's Day and the Fourth of July.

The Woodlands Township board of directors will meet June 17. (Vanessa Holt/Community Impact Newspaper)
The Woodlands to resume incorporation planning sessions June 17

After a break of more than a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Woodlands Township will resume its incorporation planning meetings June 17.

ShareTea opened in Metropark Square in early June. (Courtesy ShareTea)
ShareTea now open in Metropark Square

ShareTea opened June 7 at the Metropark Square in The Woodlands.

Avanti Italian Kitchen and Wine Bar opened a second location. (Courtesy Avanti Italian Kitchen)
Avanti Italian Kitchen and Wine Bar opens second location in The Woodlands

The new location comes after the original location receive positive reception from the Creekside community.

The Shenandoah City Council approved a resolution regarding an updated thoroughfare plan June 9. (Hannah Zedaker/Community Impact Newspaper)
Shenandoah City Council weighs in on Montgomery County's 2021 thoroughfare plan

Among the projects opposed by the council is an I-45 overpass from Vision Park Drive.

Taco Bueno sells tacos, burritos, quesadillas, nachos and more unique items, including the Muchaco, a taco made with a soft pita-like shell. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Taco Bueno coming to Katy and more Houston-area news

Read the latest business and community news from the Houston area.

Sen. Brandon Creighton announced his re-election campaign for Texas Senate District 4 on June 10. (Courtesy Brandon Creighton)
'Unfinished business remains': Brandon Creighton aims at re-election for Texas Senate District 4

Creighton announced his plans to run for re-election to serve his third term for the 88th Texas Legislature.

Q&A: Dirk Lange, president and CEO of KBI Biopharma, talks about biotech growth in The Woodlands

KBI Biopharma began operating at its site in The Woodlands in 2017 and has more than doubled in size to 60 employees in the last several years.

Economist Elliot Eisenberg spoke about the economic recovery post-pandemic, saying this year's GDP growth will be the best since the 1950s. (Brooke Ontiveros/Community Impact Newspaper)
Economist explains housing demand, price booms in Texas, Greater Houston area

Eisenberg explained why home prices are rising at a June 9 Greater Houston Builders Association luncheon.

Officials with the Harris County Justice Administration Department said they identified racial disparities in citations and use of force by law enforcement, among other areas. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Harris County identifies racial disparities in use of force, citations from law enforcement agencies

Analysis in the report included racial demographics in instances of consent search, contraband discovery, traffic stops that led to arrests, types of citations or warnings, and use of force.

Hughes Landing is one of two locations where new office leases were signed by The Howard Hughes Corp. in The Woodlands in early June. (Courtesy The Howard Hughes Corp.)
Howard Hughes Corp. names 6 new tenants for Hughes Landing, The Woodlands Waterway

The Howard Hughes Corp. announced June 9 six companies in fields including commercial real estate, cyber intelligence, energy and bioscience have signed leases at The Woodlands office buildings.