AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin police are searching for new evidence in Onion Creek from the 2015 murder of Austin teen Darian Longoria.
A Homicide Detective Unit is working with the FBI Safe Streets Task Force to search for clues to his death in the 5000 block of Bonneville Bend.
“We had to come out today because of the information we’ve been receiving,” said Detective Anthony Nelson with Austin Police Homicide Unit.
Darian, 16, went missing on Dec. 9, 2015. A father and son found his remains while trying out brand new metal detectors in Onion Creek, on Jan. 3.
While no suspects have been named, an Austin police detective assigned to the case says Darian was involved with the wrong crowd. Detective Nelson says the group sold drugs and killed Darian after holding him responsible for losing some of their product.
“We know for a fact that Darian was a victim of this murder that was brought on by a gang here in Austin, a street gang,” Nelson said.
FBI Safe Streets agents along with APD pulled brown bags of evidence from the brush on Friday.
“I believe the items we are looking for, it’s likely that we can find them out here still,” Nelson said.
Darian’s mother called on her son’s murders to come forward in June this year. Guillerma Longoria says the family is learning how to live life without him.
“His bed is still out and made, his pillows are exactly how he left them, his clothes are still in the closet. I haven’t taken anything down and I don’t think that I will. We’re not ready to let him go yet,” said Longoria.
Police are hoping to stop the gang they say is still committing crimes in Austin, before another life is cut too short.
“He was murdered, he was treated like trash and the people that are responsible, they are going to have to answer for that,” Nelson said.
Police are not saying how Darian was killed at this time. Austin police ask anyone with information on Darian’s murder to call the Homicide Tip Line at 512-477-3588 or Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS. You can also text “Tip 103” with your message to CRIMES.