Bell County Crime Stoppers is offering anybody with information about a recent homicide in Belton an opportunity to anonymously come forward and help with the investigation.
At about 12:35 p.m. on December 19, 2014, Belton police responded to a residence in the 800 block of W. Avenue I following a 9-1-1 call about an unresponsive man inside the home. Officers entered the residence and found 62-year-old John Hayes Hill Jr. deceased on the living room floor.
Justice of the Peace Ted Duffield ordered an autopsy to be performed at the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas. Preliminary autopsy results revealed that Mr. Hill died from blunt force trauma to the head.
Witnesses told police Mr. Hill had not been seen since December 16, 2014. In addition, witnesses who found Mr. Hill's body said the front door of the residence was unlocked.
Belton detectives ask anyone with information about this crime -- including seeing someone suspicious in the area around the time Mr. Hill died -- to contact Bell County Crime Stoppers by phone at 526-TIPS (8477), anonymously online at www.bellcountycrimestoppers.com, or by text message.
For text messages text the word BELLCO followed by the tip to 274637.
All information is anonymous and confidential. If a tip results in the arrest of the person or persons responsible for the crime you could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 cash.