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A beloved Beaumont teacher assaulted, murdered in 1995. State investigators are now looking for new clues.

Texas DPS is offering $6,000 reward for new clues in the cold case that has haunted Southeast Texas for more than two decades.

BEAUMONT, Texas — A Beaumont teacher's murder is back in the spotlight 25 years after she was sexually assaulted and murdered in her home. 

The Texas Department of Public Safety is looking for new details in Mary Catherine Edwards' killing and have increased the reward to $6,000 for new clues in the case.

Edwards lived alone in Beaumont and was a school teacher in the city. She was last seen on Friday, Jan. 13, 1995, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

The next day, investigators said she didn’t answer any phone calls. Her lack of response prompted her parents to pay her a visit at her house on Park Meadow Drive.

When the parents arrived, they found the 31-year-old woman’s body drowned in her bathroom, according to DPS.

Evidence showed that Edwards had been sexually assaulted and killed, according to a DPS news release.

Credit: Texas Department of Public Safety

Multiple law enforcement agencies have worked to solve the case, and now, they’re asking for the public’s help. The Texas Rangers and Beaumont detectives said all leads have been exhausted as the case remains unsolved.

An increased reward of up to $6,000 is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of those responsible for Edwards’ death if the tip is received before the next featured Texas Rangers cold case is announced.

A $3,000 reward for information leading to an arrest is offered on all cases on the Texas Rangers Unsolved Homicides website.

To be eligible for cash rewards, tipsters have to provide information to authorities by calling the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477). All tips are anonymous.

Individuals can also submit information through the Texas Rangers cold case website or by calling 1-800-346-3242 (Missing Persons Hotline).

“The Texas Ranger Unsolved Crimes Investigation Program was created to assist Texas law enforcement agencies investigating unsolved homicides or violent serial crimes. Since there is no statute of limitations for the offense of murder, investigators pursue these cases to a successful resolution or until no viable leads remain,” according to a DPS release.

Full Texas Department of Public Safety release... 

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is seeking information in the 1995 cold case homicide of Mary Catherine Edwards

An increased reward of up to $6,000 is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of those responsible for her death if the tip is received before the next featured Texas Rangers cold case is announced. 

A $3,000 reward for information leading to an arrest is routinely offered on all cases on the Texas Rangers Unsolved Homicides website.

Edwards, 31, was a well-loved teacher who lived alone in Beaumont. She was last seen on the evening of Friday, Jan. 13, 1995. 

The following day, she didn’t respond to phone calls, so her parents went to her house on Park Meadow Street to check on her. When they arrived, they found Edwards drowned in her bathroom. She had been sexually assaulted and killed.

Texas Rangers and Beaumont detectives have worked diligently on this case; however, all leads have been exhausted, and the case remains unsolved. The Rangers are asking for the public’s help to solve the case.

To be eligible for cash rewards, tipsters MUST provide information to authorities by calling the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477). All tips are anonymous.

Individuals can also submit information through the Texas Rangers cold case website or by phone at 1-800-346-3242 (Missing Persons Hotline).

The DPS Texas Rangers Unsolved Homicides website provides information on more than 125 cases in an effort to garner public interest in unsolved or cold cases. 

Texas Crime Stoppers offers rewards (funded by the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division and administered by DPS) of up to $3,000 for information that leads to the arrest of those responsible for any Rangers cold cases listed on the website. 

For more information, visit the Texas Rangers cold case website.

As part of a DPS public awareness program, one case from the Texas Ranger Unsolved Crimes Investigation (Cold Case) Program will be featured bi-monthly in an effort to generate new investigative leads and bring attention to these cold cases. 

The Texas Crime Stoppers reward is increased up to $6,000 for the featured case in hopes that the higher reward money will generate additional tips.

The higher reward amount will only be paid if the tip is submitted before the next case is featured.

The Texas Ranger Unsolved Crimes Investigation Program was created to assist Texas law enforcement agencies investigating unsolved homicides or violent serial crimes. Since there is no statute of limitations for the offense of murder, investigators pursue these cases to a successful resolution or until no viable leads remain.

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