Hotline Set Up In Probe Of Elderly Central Texas Man’s Murder

Jack B. Ray (Courtesy photo)

BELL COUNTY (October 23, 2013) Bell County sheriff’s investigators have set up a hotline for tips as they search for leads in the murder of Jack B. Ray, 83, who was found dead on Oct. 12 in the backyard of his home just outside of Killeen.

The hotline number is (254) 933-5539.

Information may also be submitted through Crime Stoppers at (254) 526-TIPS.

Callers can remain anonymous.

Ray died of blunt force trauma, but investigators said Wednesday they don’t think a weapon was used.

Investigators think Ray was killed on Oct. 11.

Witnesses reported seeing a medium size blue passenger vehicle near Ray’s home at around the time of the murder and investigators are looking for more information on the vehicle.

They haven’t yet determined whether anything is missing from Ray’s home, although Bell County Sheriff Eddy Lange said earlier this month that his bedroom was ransacked.

Killeen Fire Department first responders found Ray's body after responding to a report of a man down in the yard of the home on FM 439 east of the city.

Ray was pronounced dead at the scene.

Ray was a lifelong Killeen resident who worked for many years as a civil engineer at Fort Hood and also operated his own ranch.