Posted on April 22, 2011 at 9:12 PM
KVUE News has learned that a nearly 5-year old missing persons case in Austin is now being handled as a homicide investigation.
Neither Austin Police nor the mother of 18-year old Roxanne Paltauf will go into the details of new information prompting detectives to move the case from the Missing Persons Unit to the Cold Case Homicide Unit of A.P.D.
“Five years later, we're getting worn down and it's the most logical thing that happened to her. There's nothing that has come up with Roxanne,” said Liz Harris, Roxanne’s mother.
Harris has done everything from getting her daughter’s case on the popular television show “America’s Most Wanted” to getting a billboard with her picture donated to searching and marching in the area of Rundberg and I-35 where she was last seen. The family also peppered parts of Austin with missing person fliers with Roxanne’s picture.
On July 11, 2006 Roxanne Paltauf was staying at the Budget Inn Motel on I-35 and Rundberg with her then boyfriend Lewis Walls. Walls told Austin Police that Paltauf walked away from the motel after he and she had an argument. No one has seen or heard from her since.
Close to five years after she disappeared her family is finally coming to grips with the fact that she may not be coming home afterall.
“We may not know what happened to Roxanne. My main thing right now is just to find her and put my mind at ease, put her brother's and sister's minds at ease,” added Harris.
Anyone with information on Roxanne Paltauf’s whereabouts are encouraged to call A.P.D.’s Cold Case Homicide Unit at (512) 477-3588