[This article was first published on February 5, 2022. On August 27, an update was made.]
The murders of four adolescent girls at a yogurt store in Austin, Texas, more than 30 years ago are still unsolved. Before new DNA evidence cast doubt on the participation of those first arrestees, there were arrests followed by convictions, but those convictions were eventually reversed on appeal.
Investigators are at what seems to be a dead end in the case, but there is a theory that two unidentified men who were seen in the yogurt store the night of the murders may have been involved in the unsolved killings that have plagued Austin for decades, as correspondent Erin Moriarty reported in this week’s “48 Hours.”
Robert Springsteen and Michael Scott both have Amber Farrelly on their defensive squads. She proposed the idea that the unidentified DNA may really be that of two males who were last seen sitting in the yogurt store just before it closed and who have never been recognized. Police Department of Austin
The two males who were seen sitting in the yogurt store shortly before it was scheduled to shut that evening, according to Farrelly, were referenced by numerous of those customers.
“We don’t know their names. And when you take a step back, you can see that from 4:30 till 11:00 at night, they spoke to 52 individuals without missing a beat. And when many people discuss a man or two men, they all describe him in the same way? And who are those two people, exactly? And they’ve never given us a call? … This gives me reason to believe that they are the guys who did it, according to Farrelly.
As far as you know, were those two unidentified males the final individuals in the yogurt store? Asking Farrelly was Moriarty.
Definitely, Farrelly answered.
The males were allegedly “sort of leaning over the table, talking to one other and kind of whispering, like they didn’t want anybody to hear what they were saying,” according to Farrelly.
One of the individuals, according to her, was characterized as having light, short hair that looked “like a dirty blonde,” being around 5’6″ tall, and being in his late 20s or early 30s. The second guy was reportedly characterized as being “larger,” and both were seen sporting large jackets, according to her. She said that one is believed to have worn a green, “Army fatigue type of looking jacket,” and the other, a black jacket. Farrelly claims that the males are thought to have been using a green vehicle that evening.
Even though he has long since retired, John Jones, the case’s former chief investigator, is still troubled by the unsolved yogurt shop killings. He admitted to “48 Hours” that he still had questions about those unnamed clients.
He said, “Yeah, it’s somewhat of a wonder to me that they haven’t been recognized to this day. Is that proof they committed the crime? No, but that is proof that we must speak with them.
If you have information about the yogurt shop murders, call 512-472-TIPS.