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      APD asks for help in solving cold case homicides

      Amarillo PD is asking for the community's help in solving two cold case homicides.

      On June 9, 2000, Shamika Donise Scott, age 24, was found dead in room 27 at the Wagon Wheel motel at 3602 E. Amarillo Blvd. Shamika was alive at 11:00 p.m. on June 8, 2000 and found dead around 11:20 a.m. on June 9, 2000. After her death was ruled a homicide, investigators began their search for the suspect. After 13 years, that case remains unsolved.

      On Sunday June 5, 2011, officers were dispatched to 1317 Jason St. in Amarillo. Upon arriving, APD found Dagoberto Blanco stabbed to death in the driveway of his home. Special Crimes investigators have yet to solve the case.

      The anniversary of both cases has sparked APD to re-release information in the hopes that someone in the community will come forward with new information.

      "Of all the people that we've talked to, nothing's come up that's led to the identity of who perpetrated these murders," said Lieutenant Erick Bohannon of the APD Special Crimes Unit. "On anniversary dates, sometimes that's a good time to put that information back out, maybe to refresh people's memory," said Bohannon.

      Through the Nixle alert system, APD was able to re-released information via email and text message to those signed up for the service.

      APD said although all of their leads have been exhausted, they still have hope that someone can provide new information to help solve the case.

      "It's hard for one to believe that there isn 't anyone in Amarillo, Texas who doesn't have some info about either of these cases," said Bohannon.

      If you have any information, APD is encouraging residents to call them at 378-9468.

      For more information on Nixle alerts, visit www.nixle.com.