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Turning Up The Heat On Cold Murder Case


By Lynda Jones

Christopher Moore Angerstein, 22, of Latexo passed away almost a year ago, on May 24, 2016. At the time, numerous rumors circulated through the county, suggesting his death was the result of foul play. This past week, late Tuesday afternoon, April 11, the Houston County Sheriff's Office posted a plea to the public on the HCSO Facebook page for information about the case. According to that post, the HCSO requests assistance with an active homicide investigation. HCSO Chief Deputy G. P. Shearer told the Courier on Wednesday, April 12, that the HCSO is "treating it as a homicide". He said that, without the autopsy report in front of him, he could not state what the exact cause of death was, who exactly ruled it a homicide, or when the ruling was made. Shearer stated Angerstein had head injuries, and that he passed away in a hospital. When asked if it was a hospital in Tyler, Shearer said he did not know. Shearer explained that the HCSO picked up the cold case 70 - 80 days after Angerstein's untimely death because the case originated in Grapeland. At that time, the Grapeland Police Department was undergoing a lot of changes, including a change in police chiefs. That is why the HCSO picked up the case, according to Shearer. Since picking up the case, Shearer told the Courier, HCSO investigators have interviewed family members and friends of Angerstein. Now, at this stage of the investigation, they hope someone will come forward with more information about what happened in the hours preceding Angerstein's death. The HCSO Facebook post states, "It is believed that on May 24, 2016, during the early morning hours, Chris Angerstein was assaulted in the city of Grapeland, Texas. "Chris sustained injuries to his head and succumbed to the injury." Shearer said, "Someone out there has something they need to get off their chest." Since there is such a time lapse between the time of death and the onset of the HCSO investigation, many questions remain unanswered. The Houston County Courier submitted an open records request for the autopsy report to the Houston County Sheriff's Office, the Houston County District Attorney's Office and the Houston County Justices of the Peace Office. In the request, the Courier asked for only the summary that gives the cause of death, the date of the autopsy report and the name of the medical examiner. None of the local offices claimed to have a copy of the report on Thursday, April 13. One individual suggested it might be somewhere in Smith County, recalling that a justice of the peace here made the declaration of death and that the body was then sent to Tyler. Angerstein's parents, other family members and friends were active on Facebook this week, clearly missing him and hopeful that someone will come forward with the answers they seek. They all are hopeful there will be justice for their lost loved one. The HCSO Facebook post states, "If you can provide any information relating to this case, you are urged to contact: Houston County Sheriff's Office at 936-544-2862. "Anyone wishing to provide information regarding Chris' death while remaining anonymous may be eligible for a reward. You should submit an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers by calling 936-639-TIPS, or use the (P3 TIPS) app found in Google Play or Apple Store. "Crime Stoppers pays rewards in cash but only for ANONYMOUS, crimesolving tips submitted DIRECTLY TO CRIME STOPPERS and that concern information not previously provided to or known by law enforcement."


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