New tips about Jennifer Harris murder case being reported

FANNIN COUNTY, Tex. (KXII) - The announcement of Jennifer Harris' murder case being featured on 48 Hours has drawn several new tips from locals.

A tipster reached out to News 12 and asked us to listen in as he reported what he said he saw back in 2002.

The anonymous tipster said he was driving back to Fannin County from the Choctaw Casino in May 2002 when he began driving across the Red River-- and saw something unusual.

"I observed someone standing beside the van with two trash bags," said anonymous tipster. "The person I observed was a local resident in Bonham."

He said the man was dressed in all black with white gloves holding the bags.

He said the man drove away in a green van after he was spotted.

"At the time, I didn't know what he was doing," the tipster said. "Now that things have come about I think he was getting rid of murder evidence."

Fannin County sheriff Mark Johnson said he has no way of proving his story, but tips like these are what he was waiting for following the news that she would appear on 48 Hours.

"I've had three calls today on this particular case," Johnson said. "It's drawing some interest and that's what we wanted."

Harris was 28 when she disappeared on Mother's Day back in 2002.

Six days later, her body was found in the Red River.

16 years later-- still no answers as to who did it.

"You never know unless you listen," Johnson said. "You have to stop and listen to everything you get, if it's something new that you might not know."

The tipster said he came forward now because he's getting old. He said he's not in it for the $50,000 reward, calling it blood money.

"I'm not doing this for the money," he said. "I was raised to tell the truth and that's what I'm doing, clearing my own conscience."

"We're excited about getting to that and we'd like to find some closure and solve this case," Johnson said.

48 Hours will air at 9 p.m. CST on CBS this Saturday.



 
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