After the disappearance of his son Oct. 19, Tom Murray has doubled the reward for information on his missing son T.J. Murray from $10,000 to $20,000.
The first reward amount Tom Murray offered was for $5,000, which he then raised to $10,000. He just increased the reward again to $20,000, he said Wednesday.
T.J. Murray, an Oak Ridge High School graduate and Sam Houston State University student, had been out drinking with friends at several bars on Sawdust Road the night of Oct. 19. T.J. Murray told his father he would not drive after drinking, and his truck was found the next day still parked in the parking lot of one of the bars he visited.
His cell phone was found in a nearby ditch.
The case is still open and under investigation. Montgomery County Sheriff’s Lt. Dan Norris said increasing the reward amount could be a positive factor in getting leads that might help find T.J. Murray.
“Sometimes it gives great incentive in the community,” Norris said.
Texas Equusearch is waiting on more information, office administrator Sherry McKinney said, so law enforcement can proceed in the case. Texas Equusearch has conducted three searches for T.J. Murray, she said.
“We need more credible information,” she said. “But already, we have searched and searched and searched.”
Walker County resident Hannah McDonald felt an emotional connection to T.J. Murray’s disappearance when she heard news reports. She contacted his family and has conducted multiple searches for the young man, she said.
McDonald conducted a search the past weekend with Murray’s father, two cousins, close friends and school mates. She is still collecting tips, posting flyers in local businesses, communicating with detectives and Murray’s family, and doing her best to keep Murray’s name out there, she said.
February 19 marked the four-month anniversary of T.J. Murray’s disappearance.
“We just want him to come home,” she said. “ I didn’t even know him or his family before this; I just knew the family needed help.”