FBI joins local law enforcement in Shane Stewart/Sally McNelly cold case

The Tom Green County Sheriff’s Office announced Monday that the FBI has joined the investigation into the 1988 murders of Shane Stewart and Sally McNelly.

Twenty-eight years ago, this week, the remains of McNelly and Stewart were recovered from the Twin Buttes area.

“This brutal double homicide has been an active investigation throughout the years and has involved many local and State agencies. Today, the Tom Green County Sheriff’s Office would like to take the opportunity to announce that the FBI has been asked to join the investigation and will be actively involved henceforth. After consulting with the FBI it was determined that their involvement will consist of Behavioral Case Analysis, Investigative assistance and the use of additional FBI resources as needed.” a release from the TGCSO said.

Both were last seen alive the night of July 4, 1988. McNelly’s remains were recovered on Nov. 12 and Stewart’s on Nov. 14, 1988. Both died from a gunshot wound.

The release from the TGCSO said the crime was committed locally and persons within this community have valuable information relative to this investigation.

“Those persons are asked to come forward and do the right thing. Family members and friends have long been involved in this investigation and are anxious for closure.”

The public is urged to contact sheriff investigators with any information at 325-655-8111 or the FBI at 325-942-8588. Contact can also be made through the Sheriff’s Office Web page crime tip tab: tomgreencountysheriff.org.