Some families are left with a void this holiday season as their loved ones’ lives were claimed by violence. Dayton Police are working to bring those families justice. As part of our year end Crime Stoppers series, 2 NEWS is following up with investigators as they plead for more information on unsolved cases.
“All cases are very important to us, but when you have ones that involve murder where someone’s life is actually taken, those cases are never closed,” says Dayton Police Major Brian Johns.
Dayton Police call it a brazen murder, taking place in the middle of the afternoon while people were home.
Sometime around 3 p.m. April 7, detectives discover the body of 40-year-old Tyrance Hayes behind 830 Manhattan Avenue. Police credit an alert neighbor who heard her dogs barking.
“Looked out the window and saw a gray Cadillac DeVille parked in the alley and what she described as a tall, slender black male wearing a red hoodie and tan Carhartt jacket was struggling with something beside the vehicle,” describes Dayton Police Leiutenant Jason Hall.
The car took off. Tyrance had been shot to death and was left in the alley.
Dayton Police say, like the observant neighbor, it’s those eyes and ears that are vital to their investigation.
“Forensics is a fantastic tool, but eyewitnesses, folks leading us in the right direction, can be just as valuable,” says Hall.
If you saw or heard anything the day Tyrance was shot, give Crime Stoppers a call. The number to call is 937-222-STOP or 937-222-7867. Tips can remain anonymous and you could earn a cash reward.