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Public Safety News
Harris County Sheriff's Office
News Release
Thursday, February 24, 2011

THREE-DECADES-OLD MURDER REMAINS UNSOLVED 

HOUSTON, Texas – Today marks the 32-year anniversary of the murder of a teenager in northeast Harris County and investigators with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) Cold Case Unit need the public’s help in solving it. 

On Saturday, February 24, 1979, at approximately 9 p.m., Albert Key was attending a party at 2502 Cromwell Street in northeast Harris County. An argument began inside the house between an unknown group of Hispanic males, Key and a group of his friends. The argument continued and both sides ended up outside in front of the house. A fight began and after a short time all parties involved dispersed.

The following morning, Albert Key, 17, was found stabbed to death in a vacant lot near the home where the fight took place.

The suspects are only described as Hispanic males in their late teens.

No photo of the victim is available.

Anyone with information about the killer(s) in this case is asked to please contact Crime Stoppers of Houston at 713-222-TIPS (713-222-8477) or the HCSO’s Cold Case Unit at 713-967-5911.

This is one of several cold cases that the HCSO is featuring every week in hopes of gathering new information that may help solve them. For many of these cases, there is very little information, so investigators are relying solely on the public’s tips.






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