DPS is seeking information in 1989 murder of US Marine from Jefferson County

The Texas Department of Public Safety is asking the public for its help in solving the 1989 murder of 20-year-old United States Marine Private First Class Greg William Ivey.

As part of a DPS public awareness program, one unsolved case is featured by the Texas Ranger Unsolved Crimes Investigation Team monthly in an effort to generate new investigative leads and bring added attention to unresolved or cold cases across the state.

At the time of his death, Ivey had been in his hometown of Groves in Jefferson County on a 15-day leave. He was last seen on May 8, 1989, when his father dropped him off at Houston Intercontinental Airport for a flight back to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

Records show that Ivey never boarded his departing flight and never reported to Camp Lejeune. He was last seen wearing a white shirt, Levi jeans, grey roper-style boots and a western hat.


One of Ivey’s friends also reported receiving a phone call from him on May 10, 1989. According to the friend, Ivey claimed to be hitchhiking back to Groves.

In August 1989, Ivey’s skeletal remains were discovered in Tyler County, approximately 10 miles southeast of Warren off Farm-to-Market Road 2827. His remains were found near an old logging road, located approximately a half to three-quarters of a mile into the woods. An examination of the remains showed evidence of murder.

Anyone with information about this unsolved case can submit a tip through the Texas Rangers’ Cold Case website or contact the Missing Persons Clearinghouse at 800-346-3243.

The Texas Ranger Unsolved Crimes Investigation Team was created to assist Texas law enforcement agencies investigating unsolved murders or what appear to be serial or linked criminal transactions. Since there is no statute of limitations for the offense of murder, investigators pursue these cases to a successful resolution; or until no other lead is viable.

In addition, DPS created the Texas Rangers’ Unsolved Homicides webpage aimed at renewing public interest in unsolved cases. The site features more than 75 cases, including the division’s Top 12 Unsolved Cold Case Investigations. For more information, visit the Texas Rangers’ Cold Case website at dps.texas.gov/TexasRangers/UnsolvedHomicides/index.htm.