$5K reward offered in unsolved murder

By RON HARRIS, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 11/8/17

Gov. Kay Ivey’s office has authorized a $5,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in an unsolved murder case dating back to March …

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$5K reward offered in unsolved murder

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Gov. Kay Ivey’s office has authorized a $5,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in an unsolved murder case dating back to March 2015.

The reward is offered for information about who may have brutally killed Eric Cates, whose body was found On March 21, 2015, inside his pickup truck behind the former Empire School.

Cates, 32, and his dog, Gypsy, were found inside Cates’ truck that had been burned. Because of the condition of Cates’ body, an official cause of death was never determined.

“It’s been a tough case,” said Walker County Sheriff Jim Underwood. “We have never received an actual cause of death, and that makes it a lot more complicated for us.”

Underwood said investigators have spent many hours working on the case and have interviewed between 50 and 60 people, but no information has come forward that has led to an arrest.

“We’ve continued to investigate this case, and we have received numerous tips that we’ve followed up on,” Underwood said, “but none have led us to a credible suspect.”

Anyone who may have information on Cates’ death is aked to call the Walker County Sheriff’s Office at (205) 302-6464. Anonymous tips can also be reported by text via the department’s Tip 411 tip line.

“This was a heinous crimes, and we hope to one day give the Cates family closure on this,” Underwood said.