Thomas Lee Logan

Gergorio Montano

Orion Hanke

Jose Martinez

Tracy Clay

 
Thomas Lee Logan
Unsolved Homicide - August 2, 1974
The following is a brief synopsis of an outstanding homicide case
which remains unsolved at this time.
 

On August 2, 1974 at about 7:05 pm, Thomas Lee Logan was fatally shot near the intersection of Dunnam and McKinley.  Witnesses described seeing Logan walking alone when he sat down on the curb at the above intersection and then fell over backward.  When the first responders arrived, they found Logan had died of a single gunshot wound to the right shoulder.  A single .22 long rifle projectile was removed from the decedent during the autopsy.

Witnesses provided a timeline for Logan on the night he was killed.  He was seen at the Reno Bar in the company of Steve Rodriguez before he and Rodriguez were evicted from the establishment.  Two patrol officers observed him walking alone on Dunnam roughly twenty minutes before his death.  Two individuals who had also been drinking with the victim earlier, Ed Cave and Donald Gill, left town abruptly after Logan was killed.  They were apprehended in Brownfield, Texas at about 11:30 pm and detained.  During questioning, Cave advised that they were headed to Omaha, Nebraska where his brother lived.  Gill gave a contradictory statement and advised they were headed to an unknown town in Louisiana.

Neither subject was arrested that night and they were allowed to leave Brownfield.  A warrant was issued for Cave and he was arrested on May 11, 1975 when he returned to Hobbs.  He submitted to a polygraph that was conducted by an examiner in Odessa, Texas.  The examiner opined that Cave had not committed the murder.  Charges against Cave were dismissed by the District Attorney's Office on May 21, 1975.  Since that time, no additional evidence has been developed that would further implicate Cave or lead to the identification or apprehension of the person or persons responsible for this murder.  Any assistance given in this case would be greatly appreciated.

If you have information about this homicide, please contact the Criminal Investigation Division of the Hobbs Police Department at (505) 397-9275, Violent Crimes Hotline at (505) 393-0001, or call your local law enforcement agency.

 
Gregorio Montano
Unsolved Homicide - August 31, 1980
The following is a brief synopsis of an outstanding homicide case which remains unsolved at this time.
 

On August 31, 1980 at about 0042 hrs., victim Gregorio Montano was involved in a fight with the suspect, Fernando Parra, at a local bar (The Big Country, 305 S. Turner). During the fight, witnesses reported to have seen the suspect, Parra, with a knife in his hand. Upon the arrival of officers from the Hobbs Police Department, they found Montano lying on the ground in the street with several subjects attempting to give him aid. Montano suffered from (11) wounds throughout the body. He was pronounced dead at Lea Regional Hospital at 0121 hrs.

According to witness statements, they advised that Parra was the subject who stabbed Montano during the fight. After Montano was stabbed, Parra flagged down a passing motorist and entered the vehicle. Parra then left the area prior to the arrival of the police.

Police were able to locate the vehicle which transported Parra from the scene and interviewed additional witnesses. Officers were unable to locate Parra at his residence (116 E. Midwest). Information gathered during the investigation showed that Parra had left Hobbs on the night of the murder and had gone to Mexico.

On 11-21-1989, Detective Dennis Wesley received information from Silver City Police Department who was investigating a Genovebo Parra for worthless checks. Silver City Police received information from witnesses who advised that Parra had killed a man in Hobbs. Silver City Police received information that Parra had gone back to Mexico after passing the worthless checks. It is believed that Parra goes back and forth from Mexico to the United States and possibly resides in Casas Grande, Mexico.

Any assistance given in this case will be greatly appreciated.

If you have information about this homicide, please contact the Criminal Investigation Division of the Hobbs Police Department at (505) 397-9275, Violent Crimes Hotline at (505) 393-0001, or call your local law enforcement agency.

 
Orion Hanke
Unsolved Homicide - November 21, 1988
The following is a brief synopsis of an outstanding homicide case which remains unsolved at this time.
 
At 1205 hours on November 21, 1988, officers of the Hobbs Police Department were dispatched to Washington Park, 1200 E. Marland, in reference to a man lying face down in the park. It appeared that the victim had received blunt force trauma to the back of the head as a result of being struck by a piece of firewood.

The victim, Orion M. Hanke, w/m, 09-07-18, 70 inches, 220 lbs., was a resident of Hobbs and had been for several years. Mr. Hanke had made it a habit to go to Washington Park with his metal detector to scan the ground for items of value. At the time of his death, he was in possession of coins and two old watches that appeared to have been recently dug up.

According to witnesses, there was a black male seen in the area of the park, who was sitting very close to where the victim was using the metal detector. The witness said that he turned away for a short time and when he turned back, the black male was gone and the victim was lying on the ground. The black male was described as wearing a red sweater or wind breaker, light-colored pants and had short cut hair.

It is unknown if any property was taken from the victim's person and no motive has been established.

If you have information about this homicide, please contact the Criminal Investigation Division of the Hobbs Police Department at (505) 397-9275, Violent Crimes Hotline at (505) 393-0001, or call your local law enforcement agency.

 
Jose martinez
Unsolved Homicide - July 10, 1993
The following is a brief synopsis of an outstanding homicide case which remains unsolved at this time.
 
On July 10, 1993 at about 0317 hrs., officers of the Hobbs Police Department responded to 1422 E. Main, X-Club (dance hall), in reference to a shooting. Victim Jose Martinez was being transported to Lea Regional Hospital from the scene by private vehicle. While being transported to the hospital, the vehicle was involved in a traffic accident. Martinez was then taken by ambulance to the hospital. Martinez suffered from two gun shot wounds, one to the left leg and the other to the left upper chest.

Martinez was airlifted to University Hospital in Lubbock, Texas and placed into Intensive Care Unit. He expired on 07/13/1993.

Witnesses at the scene advised that there was a fight inside the building, which continued outside. There were groups of people forming outside between several Hispanic males and several Black males. Both groups were exchanging words and then there were several shots fired. There were several .380 casings located outside the scene along with .357 magnum casings found inside the building. Both groups were shooting at each other and the victim was in the middle of both groups.

Any assistance given in this case will be greatly appreciated.

If you have information about this homicide, please contact the Criminal Investigation Division of the Hobbs Police Department at (505) 397-9275, Violent Crimes Hotline at (505) 393-0001, or call your local law enforcement agency.

 
Tracy Clay
Unsolved Homicide - September 6, 1997
The following is a brief synopsis of an outstanding homicide case which remains unsolved at this time.
 
At 7:56 p.m. on Saturday, September 6, 1997, officers of the Hobbs Police Department responded to a drive-by shooting at 1916 East Bond in Hobbs. Officers found the body of Tracy L. Clay (black male, date of birth 03-30-78) of Hobbs lying next to a purple Chevrolet pickup truck which was parked in the driveway of this residence. The victim suffered gunshot wounds to the head and arm and died at the scene.

Upon investigation, it was learned that Clay had been a lifelong resident of our city and was well liked by his peers. Clay and three of his friends had just arrived at this residence, and two of the friends walked into the house. Clay and another friend were still standing in the front yard near the pickup.

Witnesses at the scene stated that a red or maroon mid-1980's Nissan style pickup with an extended cab slowly drove west in front of the residence. As it was directly in front of the home, the suspect (front passenger) fired at least five rounds from an unknown brand .380 caliber pistol. Two bullets struck the victim and the other three struck the parked purple pickup by which Clay was standing.

The suspect vehicle was occupied by at least two unidentified black males. The suspect shooter was described only as having shoulder length hair and the driver was unidentifiable other than being a black male in his mid to late 20's. The suspect vehicle never stopped but proceeded west on Bond Street, pausing at the stop sign at the intersection of Bond and Eastern. It then turned south on Eastern and has not been seen since.

Any assistance given in this case will be greatly appreciated.

If you have information about this homicide, please contact the Criminal Investigation Division of the Hobbs Police Department at (505) 397-9275, Violent Crimes Hotline at (505) 393-0001, or call your local law enforcement agency.

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