Investigators take another look at 1981 slaying of Texas teenager

Carmen Croan, 18, was found dead on Nov. 23, 1981 on an oilfield lease 12 miles north of Texas 158 and FM 1936 in Ector County. (DPS photo)
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AUSTIN, Texas (KWTX) Texas Rangers investigators Monday boosted the reward for information leading to an arrest as they take another look at the 1981 murder of a Texas teenager who was the victim of a violent attack.

Carmen Croan, 18, was found dead on Nov. 23, 1981 on an oilfield lease 12 miles north of Texas 158 and FM 1936 in Ector County.

The night before she had gone to Graham’s Night Club in Odessa.

“According to a forensic examination, Croan was viciously attacked and had knife wounds to her throat,” the Texas Department of Public Safety said in a press release Monday.

The reward offered for information leading to an arrest was increased Monday from $3,000 to $6,000.

To be eligible for the cash reward, tips must be provided by calling the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477).

Information may also be submitted through the Texas Ranger cold case website.