Schertz family still seeking answers in Christmas Eve homicide

Schertz businessman Henry Gutierrez was found shot to death in his Schertz home on Dec. 24, 2015. (Courtesy: Schertz PD)
Schertz businessman Henry Gutierrez was found shot to death in his Schertz home on Dec. 24, 2015. (Courtesy: Schertz PD)

SCHERTZ, Texas (KXAN) — Authorities in Guadalupe County hope a larger reward amount will help them find the person responsible for murdering a Schertz businessman last year.

On Christmas Eve 2014, police say 71-year-old Henry Gutierrez was found shot to death in his home. His white 2013 Ford Explorer was stolen from the home and wasn’t found until March in San Marcos. Police say the stolen vehicle was found parked at the Townwood Apartments, 520 Linda Dr. In the same month, gift cards purchased by the victim and stolen from him were used at stores in the Houston-area.

In May, the Schertz Police Department released a forensic sketch of a person of interest in the homicide. Authorities believe the man could be a transient, possibly traveling along Interstate 10 from San Antonio to Houston or even the San Marcos area, where the victim’s vehicle was found.

The sketch of a man connected to the homiicide of Henry Gutierrez in Schertz on Dec. 24, 2015 (San Marcos Police Department Photo)
The sketch of a man connected to the homiicide of Henry Gutierrez in Schertz on Dec. 24, 2015 (San Marcos Police Department Photo)

Henry’s son, Miguel, hopes the reward, now at $28,500 thanks to an anonymous donor, will encourage someone with information to come forward.

“After seven agonizing months, we are still searching for answers,” said Miguel Gutierrez in a press release. “We ask that anyone who may have information, no matter how insignificant it might seem, to put yourself in our position and please come forward. I simply want justice for my father that he may rest in peace and some sense of closure for my family so that we may be able to move forward with our lives.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Guadalupe County Crime Stoppers tip line at 877-403-TIPS. You can also submit a tip online at http://www.gccsTIPS.org.

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