It’s been about eight months but investigators haven’t given up on finding those responsible for a woman’s shooting death in May.
“It’s still an active investigation. We’re following up on leads,” said David Ferguson, NBPD communications coordinator. “We have detectives working on it daily.”
Someone shot and killed 23-year-old Samantha Miranda on May 21. Police found her dead about 12:45 a.m. on the sidewalk on the southbound side of the 900 block of South Interstate 35 outside LoneStar Fiberglass Pools.
Police immediately began investigating the death as a homicide, learned the victim’s identity and began tracking down leads, Ferguson said at the time of the discovery.
Police learned details about what happened, but not enough to track down Miranda’s killer, Ferguson said.
“The ongoing investigation has revealed that a dark-colored — possibly black — sedan was seen leaving the scene of the homicide moments after the crime,” he previously said. “The exact make and model is unknown, but detectives believe the car to resemble a late-model Dodge Charger, Nissan Altima, or similar vehicle.”
Around the time of the killing, Samantha’s mother Lilian Miranda said the former Canyon High School student and mother of two boys was a great and caring person with an outstanding personality.
Two times, Comal County Crime Stoppers has increased its customary reward of up to $2,000 to up to $10,000 for information leading to an arrest and/or grand jury indictment in the case. Time limits on the larger rewards expired with no arrests, Ferguson said Wednesday.
So far there are no plans to again raise the bounty, said Teresa Hendon, Crime Stoppers chairwoman.
“We are still offering up to a $2,000 reward. We are not offering up to $10,000; that was only for a limited time,” she said. “It hasn’t generated tips that led to the solving of the case.”
Ferguson, on the other hand, said the idea of asking for a higher reward to generate renewed interest and more tips is never off the table. Hopefully it won’t and shouldn’t be necessary, the police spokesman said.
“As the investigation continues if we don’t find some significant leads, it’s likely we will go back to Crime Stoppers to ask for an increased reward again,” Ferguson said. “No matter what the reward, if someone has information we would hope that they would come forward for the peace of mind of Samantha’s family.”
Police continue to investigate the killing and ask that anyone with information contact the New Braunfels Police Department at (830) 221-4100 or alert Comal County Crime Stoppers to remain anonymous.
Anonymous Comal County Crime Stoppers tips can be called in at (830) 620-TIPS (8477) or (800) 640-8422, sent via text message by texting the word “Comal” plus the tip to CRIMES (274637) or submitted online at comalcrimestoppers.org.
Lilian Miranda on Wednesday did not immediately return a call seeking comment.