SO donation

McLennan County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Terry Fuller (from left), Capt. Steve January, George’s Restaurant owner Sammy Citrano III, Sheriff Parnell McNamara and Chief Deputy David Kilcrease stand outside commissioners court Tuesday after Citrano donated $2,500 to the Cold Case Unit.

Staff photo — Kristin Hoppa

A local restaurant owner gave $2,500 to the McLennan County Sheriff's Office Cold Case Unit on Tuesday in hopes of helping the community find answers in lingering unsolved homicide cases.

George's Restaurant owner Sammy Citrano III made the donation during the McLennan County Commissioners Court meeting Tuesday morning. Citrano said he and his wife felt moved to support the newly established unit after seeing media coverage of investigators' work in the 1982 killing of Beth Bramlett.

"I recently saw that our sheriff started the cold case unit, and I love the job our District Attorney Abel Reyna has been doing, all the work that the sheriff is doing keeping our community clean," Citrano said. "As a business person and someone who has lived here for 32 years, I felt like this is something I should be able to help out with."

Citrano thanked Sheriff Parnell McNamara for the unit's work. McNamara said the unit has gotten an overwhelming response from the public after recent media coverage.

"These are brutal murders, and we plan on solving even more," McNamara said. "This donation will go very hard in helping us with these investigations, and we are very fortunate to have the support of the community and people like Sammy Citrano."

McNamara said investigators plan to travel to Michigan in the coming weeks to investigate a possible connection to a case from the 1980s in which a woman was beaten to death.

Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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