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Crime Stoppers offer reward for help in murder investigation 


The Garland Police Department has asked for the public’s help in gathering more information regarding the death of Jacinto Torres Hernandez, 57, The deceased is also known as Jay Torres.

The body was discovered by Garland police Monday, June 13, in a backyard in the 4200 block of Mayflower Drive.

The Medical Examiner’s Office said that the cause of death was a gunshot wound to the upper body. The death occurred several days before the body was discovered.

Garland homicide detectives are investigating leads as well as coordinating the investigation between other agencies including the FBI, U.S. Marshall’s office and the Secret Service.

Anyone who has additional information regarding the death of Jay Torres is asked to contact the Garland Police Department by calling 972-205- 1638 or visiting  Tips may also be submitted anonymously to Garland Crime Stoppers at 972-272-8477 or Every part of the process protects the callers’ identity.

A reward of up to $5,000 has been offered by Garland Crimes Stoppers for information about the suspect that leads to an arrest or grand jury indictment.

About Garland Crime Stoppers:

The impressive statistics of the Crime Stoppers program cannot be judged strictly by numbers. Additionally, the Garland Police Department has noticed additional benefits including those below:

  • A greater awareness in the community that there is a crime problem.
  • A willingness by the community to fight back against crime if it is given the opportunity and motivation.
  • Improved relationships between police, media and the community.


Mission statement:
Crime Stoppers is comprised of diverse, active and dedicated community representatives. Crime Stoppers provides a method for local law enforcement to receive information on crimes. These efforts increase tips, which in turn increase arrests in our community.

The group is comprised of Lieutenant Pedro Barineau GPD’s public information officer and 26 Garland citizens.