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Reward increased to $15K in unsolved Crenshaw County murder


It's been more than three years since the murder of DeLange Harris in Crenshaw County, and the case still remains unsolved.

His family is clinging to hope for justice.

"It's so close we feel like we can reach it," said DeLange's mother, Dora.

The family smiled Thursday as an increase in the reward was announced. The state tacked on an additional $5,000, bringing the reward to $15,000.

"I don't want anyone to lose their child this way, but to be lost without answers. I do want to know why he was murdered. It doesn't matter who murdered my son, I want them brought to justice," Dora said.

Harris was killed just three days after his 25th birthday. Authorities found his body in a ditch off Athens Church Road on May 3, 2011. He was found shot in the head.

Authorities say they continue investigating, "just like it happened this morning." "We've got a lot of different avenues right now that are moving on, moving forward with and there is some hope in sight," said investigator Mike Johnson.

Investigators still need your help. They say any bit of information could help be the missing link to the case.

"Things they don't think are important are the little piece of the puzzle we're hunting that we can put it together with," Johnson said.

"They may have seen a vehicle that didn't belong in the area, heard some noises, or even if they have heard rumors. If they would pass that along then our investigators can follow up on that," said Charlotte Tesmer, District Attorney for Crenshaw County.

Not only will it help close the case, it may finally bring the family some closure.

"We can't even close our eyes without seeing my child. We need some closure," John Harris said.

Investigators said they have new leads. They say they have sent off new DNA evidence along with old DNA to a lab to hopefully help with the case.

If you have any information you can call the Crenshaw County Sheriff's Office at 334-335-6568 or the Attorney General's Cold Case Unit at 866-419-1236. Email messages may be sent to

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