Giles Co. reopens cold case murder from 1990 - WSMV News 4

Giles Co. reopens cold case murder from 1990

Posted: Updated: Feb 16, 2015 10:50 PM
Larry Hughes was found dead in 1990. Giles County authorities have received new information about his murder. Larry Hughes was found dead in 1990. Giles County authorities have received new information about his murder.

Investigators said there's a break in a murder case from 25 years ago in Giles County.

Police believe they may know who killed a store owner more than two decades ago.

Larry Hughes' family would probably give just about anything to find out who killed him and why.

Perhaps all it took was 60 seconds on the local radio station.

“It's bothered me all of this time,” said Harold Hughes, Larry's brother. “I have prayed that before I die I would find out just exactly what happened. They need to fess up and take responsibility if that's what they did.”

Harold Hughes has waited almost 25 years. To this day he still wonders who killed his brother.

“Nobody deserves to have a tomb rock with when he was born and we couldn't put on there when he died,” said Harold Hughes.

Larry Hughes worked as a cattle farmer and was a co-owner of a local hardware store.

On March 28, 1990, his wife reported him missing. She said the last time she saw him was at breakfast.

“I knew something was definitely wrong,” remembered Harold Hughes.

Investigators found Larry Hughes shot several times and dead, discarded in a dump, 16 days later.

“It affected a lot of people,” said Harold Hughes.

Giles County investigators never forgot about that murder.

Recently they decided to reopen the case.

The local radio station ran a segment and it worked.

“People just started pouring out, saying things that they should have said 25 years ago, and ultimately they've been carrying this for years,” said Giles County Sheriff's investigator Shane Hunter. “It's a lot of good information they've been carrying around for years.”

Investigators feel like it happened yesterday and said they are now reliving it.

They returned to the home where Larry Hughes lived at the time of his disappearance and murder 25 years ago.

They have now cultivated new evidence and multiple suspects.

“It's amazing how technology has evolved just from day to day, but obviously 25 years things that couldn't be processed back then can be processed now,” said Hunter.

Justice has been delayed, but Hunter vows it will not be denied.

“I'd say we're coming, we're coming for you,” Hunter said.

Authorities said the arrests could happen any day now.

“Obviously they've had to look over their shoulder for the past 25 years, not knowing if the next knock on the door is going to be me coming to get you, which it will be very soon,” Hunter said.

Investigators said while they are close, they still need information.

Even if you think it's a rumor or something small, it could be big to police. It could be the one sliver of information that ties everything together.

If you know information on the disappearance and death of Larry Hughes, contact the Giles County Sheriff's Office.

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