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Texas authorities ask for help in solving 1989 U.S. Marine murder

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AUSTIN, Texas - State authorities are asking for help in solving the 1989 murder of United States Marine Pfc. Greg William Ivey.

Ivey, age 20 when he died, had been in his hometown of Groves in Jefferson County while on 15-day leave. He was last seen on May 8, 1989, when his father dropped him off at Houston International Airport for a flight back to Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.

Ivey never departed on the flight or reported to Camp Lejeune. His skeletal remains were found in Tyler County, about 10 miles southeast of Warrant off of FM 2827, during August 1987.

"The remains were found near an old logging road, located approximately to miles into the woods. An examination of the remains revealed evidence of murder," a DPS news release said.

The case is part of a Texas Department of Public Safety public awareness program that focuses on one unsolved case each month and attempts to generate new leads on old cases.

"Ivey was last seen wearing a white shirt, Levi jeans, grey ‘roper' boots and a western hat," the DPS news release said.

One of Ivey's friends said he received a phone call from Ivey on May 10, 1989. That friend said Ivey claimed to be hitchhiking back to Groves.

Anyone with information can contact the Missing Persons Clearinghouse at 1-800-346-3243.

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