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Father waits for answers in son's disappearance

Friday, June 15, 2012

There have been eight months of concern and helplessness for one family in Montgomery County. That's how long it's been since they've seen or heard from their son.

The young man went missing after getting into a fight at a bar on Sawdust near I-45 in Spring. Now investigators say they suspect foul play.

It will be eight months on Tuesday since 24-year-old TJ Murray, Jr. disappeared. Investigators suspect foul play was involved, but with so few answers they haven't ruled anything out.

"Faith, hope and family that's what you got," said Tom Murray, TJ's father. " That's how we are dealing with it one day at a time."

Time ticks on with no answers, and no TJ.

Murray said, "Someone knows something. The Lord knows what's going on and whoever did what they did knows what's going on."

The Sam Houston State student has been missing since last October. Investigators have retraced TJ's path and found he met a friend at a bar on Sawdust Road. The two left his father's truck and went to other bars in the area before ending up at a sports bar down the street. TJ was seen on surveillance camera leaving just after midnight on October 19.

"It's not like him to just disappear and that's what happened," Murray said.

Montgomery County Sheriff's deputies have determined there was some type of fight before TJ was asked to leave and escorted off the property.

Katherine Cabaniss with Crime Stoppers explained, "It's one of those cases, unsolved, a complete mystery, no leads about what has happened to this young man."

His vehicle was found the next day in the parking lot of the bar and his cell phone was discovered in a nearby ditch.

Murray's father says he hopes Crime Stoppers involvement will help give him and TJ's three younger brothers the answers they've been waiting for.

"He's on our mind every minute of the day," he said.

Crime Stoppers is offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to charges or an arrest in the case. If you have any information, you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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