The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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November 7, 2013

Homicide investigation continues; Citizens urged to call CRIMESTOPPERS with tips


Palestine police continue to follow up on leads into the death of an elderly Palestine man last week.

John Jerome Ferles, 81, of Palestine, was found dead at his residence in the 100 block of Longhorn Drive on Monday, Oct. 28, when officers were dispatched to the address after receiving a call concerning his welfare.

Anyone with information concerning this case is asked to call the Palestine Police Department at 903-729-2254 or CRIMESTOPPERS at 903-729-(TIPS) 8477,” Palestine Police Department Public Information Officer Lt. James Muniz stated in a release to the Herald-Press on Wednesday. “Officers are continuing to follow up several investigative leads at this time.”

All calls to CRIMESTOPPERS remain anonymous and any information that leads to the arrest and conviction of suspects in this or any case filed with the Palestine Police Department may be subject to a cash reward.

According to investigators, police arrived at Ferles' residence on Oct. 28 to found the back door to the residence unsecured.

During the initial stages of the investigation police spoke with the victim’s neighbors and learned that the subject had not been seen in several days,” Muniz stated. “It was also learned that the victim’s car was missing from the residence.”

Officers located the car, a 2004 gold-colored Chevy Impala, last week at an area wrecking yard. Palestine police have taken possession of the vehicle and continue to search the automobile for evidence in Ferles' death.

Ferles was pronounced dead at the scene by Anderson County Justice of the Peace James Todd. The victim was transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Tyler for an autopsy.

The police have talked with several people in the neighborhood. Officers are continuing to follow up several investigative leads at this time.

The case is being investigated as a homicide by the Palestine Police Department. The Palestine PD is being assisted in the homicide investigation by members of the Texas Rangers, investigators from the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office and investigators from the Anderson County District Attorney’s Office.

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