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San Marcos police are still looking for whoever killed Frank Urrutia last fall as rewards put up by Hays County Crime Stoppers and the victim’s family have so far gone unclaimed.

A game warden on patrol for hunters on Sept. 16 found Urrutia’s badly beaten body hidden in brush near the Interstate 35 bridge over the Blanco River. His truck was found five days later in the parking lot of nearby Verandah Apartments in San Marcos.

Urrutia, who was disfigured and lost an arm in an earlier vehicle accident, had last been seen early the morning of Sept. 14 leaving Jack’s Roadhouse on Hunter Road.

Ten months later, San Marcos police investigators say they have no suspects and are renewing their call for help from witnesses who might know what happened to Urrutia. Police have said Urrutia was a beloved figure in the community and they don’t know any reasons why someone would want him dead.

“He didn’t appear to have any enemies,” police Cmdr. Penny Dunn told the Mercury in December.

Crime Stoppers offers up to a $1,000 reward for information that helps solve a felony. In addition, the Urrutia family has said they will pay $11,000 for information that solves the crime.

Informants and submit information anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-324-TIPS (8477). The group also has a link for submitting information on its website here and has a free mobile app that can be looked up under the name “TipSubmit.”

Less than a month after Urrutia’s body was discovered, on Nov. 10, a second body was found under the same bridge. But police say they do not suspect foul play in the death of 52-year-old Augustine Vasquez, who was thought to be homeless at the time he died.

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