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DPS seeks leads in 1993 Texas murder, missing persons case

Latricia White and Lee "Dub" Wackerhagen

AUSTIN, Texas - State investigators need help in solving a 1993 murder murder and related missing persons case in Caldwell County.

The case involves the murder of 38-year-old Latricia White and the connected missing persons case of Lee "Dub" Wackehagen and his 9-year-old son Chance.

The Texas Department of Public Safety is highlighting the case as part of a DPS public awareness program that focuses on one unsolved crime each month.

White, who had been recently divorced and was the mother two, was found fatally shot in her McMahan, Texas, home. Wackerhagen and his son were staying with White when they disappeared.

"Investigators found nothing in the home appeared to be missing and believe that this murder was most likely a crime of passion committed by someone closely associated to one or more of the victims," DPS said in a news release.

An up to $5,000 reward is being offered by the Kingsville Crime Stoppers unit because Chance Wackerhagen was living in Kingsville when he turned up missing.

Tips can also be submitted through the Texas Rangers' Cold Case website or by contacting the Missing Persons Clearinghouse at 1-800-346-3243.

"Since there is no statute of limitations for the offense of murder, investigators pursue these cases to a successful resolution; or until no other lead is viable," DPS said.

DPS also created the Texas Rangers' Unsolved Homicides webpage to spotlight unsolved cases. It can be viewed by http://www.dps.texas.gov/TexasRangers/UnsolvedHomicides/index.htm.

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