Wichita Police have solved 23 of the 26 homicide cases in 2011. But detectives won't be satisfied until arrests are made in the other three cases -- and that may not happen without help from the public.
Thursday, members of the WPD homicide and gang units held a news briefing with Crime Stoppers to make a public appeal for tips in these unsolved cases:
- May 28th, 39 year-old Thoung Phan was leaving a restaurant at 1770 S. Rock Road when he was chased by at least two Asian men. Those men shot him several times in the street. Phan was a documents gang member and it's believed the shooting was gang related. One shooter left the scene in a dark 4-door Honda.
- September 7th, 61 year-old Timothy McGuigan was found shot to death inside his home at 2521 N. Woolridge. McGuigan was found by his son after he failed to make their breakfast meeting that morning. McGuigan was a Vice-President at Kansas State Bank. He was last seen the previous evening doing yard work at his home. There was no forced entry and robbery doesn't appear to be the motive.
- December 16th, 41 year-old Marshall Hauschulz was found dead along the bank of the Arkansas River a few hundred feet from the Keeper of the Plains. Hauschulz was homeless. It's believed he was beaten to death with an unknown object.
Anyone with information about these cases is urged to call Crime Stoppers of Wichita/Sedgwick County at (316) 267-2111. Callers always remain anonymous and can be eligible for a reward of up to $1000.
Police said there would have been a fourth case on the list, but it was solved Wednesday night. That case involved the May 7th shooting death of 22 year-old Mario Brown at an after hours parking lot party in the 3100 block of E. 13th. A 19 year-old man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of first degree murder and aggravated battery. Police said he was caught leaving a smoke shop at 6602 E. Harry. There was a brief foot chase before officers tased the man and took him into custody.