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Friday, May 27, 2011 - 9:05am

Police Seek Suspects in Cold Case Murder Of Decorated Military Hero

Police Seek Suspects in Cold Case Murder Of Decorated Military Hero

El Paso, Texas--

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the murder of a decorated military veteran that has gone unsolved for 34 years, making this the Crime Stoppers “Crime of the Week.”

On Tuesday, January 4th, 1977, the body of Major Chester Garrett was found in the back seat of his red 1972 Volkswagen “Beetle” in what was then desert area off of Loop 375, one-half mile south of Zaragoza Road in El Paso’s Mission Valley. Major Garrett was a much decorated military hero who had served multiple campaigns in war zones. He was married and the father of two children.

On the day before, Major Garrett left his quarters on Fort Bliss, in a hurry and saying he had to take care of something urgent. It is known that he went to his family’s home, which was then located at 1349 Backus in the Cielo Vista neighborhood. Nothing else is known until his body was found the next day.

Investigators are asking the public to try to remember that day and those locations. Did you know Major Garrett, and do you recall seeing him or his red VW on that Monday or early Tuesday? He did go to his house, and he was found in the Mission Valley. Perhaps you noticed the red car in the desert, and saw one or more suspects around it? Any information at all will be helpful.

If you have any information about the identity of the suspects involved, or if you have information about where Major Garrett may have been or people he met the previous night and early morning, please call Crime Stoppers immediately at 566-TIPS (566-8477) or on-line at You will remain anonymous and, if your tip leads to an arrest, you can qualify for a cash reward.
Crime Stoppers of El Paso: a non-profit organization that brings together the community, law enforcement, and the media to solve crime.

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