DPS seeks to solve 1981 murder of real estate agent

The Texas Department of Public Safety is asking for the public’s help in solving the 1981 murder of Virginia “Ginger” Freeman, 40, in Brazos County, and a reward up to $6,000 is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of those responsible, if the tip is received before next month’s featured case is announced. The Brazos County Crime Stoppers also is offering a reward up to $1,000 associated with this case.

On Dec. 1, 1981, Freeman was murdered behind a vacant rural residence in Brazos County that she was showing to an alleged potential buyer.

Earlier in the day, an unknown male caller contacted Freeman’s office claiming to be a cash investor interested in property in the Bryan/College Station area. Freeman made arrangements to meet the man at a rural property listed for sale, but first stopped by her own residence at about 3 p.m., where she told her children about the potential sale.

Sometime after 7 p.m. Freeman’s husband reported her missing to the Brazos County Sheriff’s Office and he began searching for her. Her husband found her vehicle parked at a residence for sale on Greens Prairie Road, and her body was found behind the vacant residence. An autopsy revealed that at approximately 3:30 p.m. Virginia had been struck on her head, strangled and stabbed.

To be eligible for the cash rewards, tipsters must provide information to authorities by calling the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477).  All tips are anonymous.

Individuals also can submit information to the Brazos County Crime Stoppers hotline at 979-775- TIPS (8477), through the Texas Ranger Cold Case website or by telephone at 1-800-346-3243.