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$5,000 reward offered in teen's cold case murder investigation

By Kelli Saam
Published On: Jul 24 2013 12:09:19 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 24 2013 12:16:00 PM CDT
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Terri Lynn Ray, 15

REDDING, Calif. -

Redding Police are asking for the public for tips about a cold case murder in Redding.  They've reopened the investigation after getting new leads.

On July 7, 1976 the Redding Police Department investigated a murder that occurred near the Clear Creek Bridge on State Route 273. 

The 15-year-old victim, Terri Lynn Ray, was found in Clear Creek with multiple stab wounds.  Investigators worked the case, but over time the number of leads declined and the case went cold.

After 37 years, investigators from the Redding Police Department have developed new leads and have reopened the case. Investigators are hopeful that these new leads coupled with advances in DNA technology will help identify the suspect.  Several items of evidence were submitted to the California Department of Justice DNA lab for analysis.

The Redding Police Department is also asking for the public's assistance in solving this crime.  A reward of up to $5000 is being offered by Shasta County Secret Witness for information leading to the arrest of the suspect in this case. 

Anyone with information about the murder of Terri Lynn Ray is asked to call the Redding Police Department at 225-4214 or Shasta County Secret Witness at 243-2319.