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Crime Stoppers releases picture from scene of ETX murder

Friday, April 18, 2014 - 11:34am

Investigators in the case of an East Texas murder have been unable to link the crime to a person(s) of interest and are now turning to the public for help. Crime Stoppers of Lufkin needs your help solving the murder of Kavy Neil Sowell.

On March 17, emergency crews discovered the 62-year-old's burned remains at his San Augustine County home. An autopsy showed the victim had been shot multiple times. Detectives were told Sowell had issues with specific people, but no information up to this point has connected the individuals to his murder.

A video camera captured images of a person outside Sowell’s residence minutes before the fire. The video, available under the Crime of the Week section of, revealed a person walking toward Sowell’s home and, ten minutes later, walking back toward the road. The picture above shows the person coming and going from the area of the residence.

The investigators do not know if or how this person was involved in the murder or arson, but being so near the crime just before it occurred makes them a person of interest.

Although the video resolution is low, someone viewing it will recognize the person and any information they provide regarding the person’s identity will help investigators.

If you can identify this suspect, call Crime Stoppers of Lufkin at (936) 639-TIPS or submit a tip at All calls and tips are anonymous and Crime Stoppers may pay a cash reward for information that leads to an arrest related to this crime.

Investigators from the San Augustine County Sheriff's Office, the Texas Department of Public Safety, and the Texas State Fire Marshal's Office are working together to solve this murder. 

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