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Police asking for help solving 3 cold case murders

(WMC-TV) - Southaven police need your help catching the killers behind three cold cases and they're willing to pay for your tips.

More than $15,000 in reward money is up for grabs because Southaven police are desperate to solve three cold cases that remain open years after they happened.

Kenneth Baxter died July 6, 2007. He was killed on a bridge in a hit and run that remains unsolved.

"You know we're close," said Lt. Mark Little, of the Southaven Police Department. "You know we have a person of interest that we're really looking at. We're just waiting for that one piece to tie everything together."

Months after he died, Kenneth Baxter's brother Walter talked to Action News 5 and said that he called police once a week.

"Somebody was out here and somebody knows something," Walter Baxter said in February 2008. "The only thing we want to know is what happened."

Kenneth Baxter had just left work at the Hilton Garden Inn when investigators say he was hit by a maroon mini-van made sometime between 1993 and 1995. Police say the van was either a Mercury Villager or a Nissan Quest.

No one has seen the driver or car that hit him since.

But this is only one of three cold cases Southaven police need help solving.

On March 24, 2005, a man walked into a house on Sarah Anne and tried to rob the family inside before shooting and killing Bruce Lewis.

Investigators were able to compose a sketch of the killer, but he has not yet been caught.

On March 31, 2007, inside the Bradford Park Apartments, Jair Valencia was shot five times after a brief scuffle with a group of strangers who sped off in an SUV.

"We've got some people out there who have gotten away with murder so to speak and we'd like to bring them to justice," said Little.

Even though these cases went cold long ago, police hope they will heat up again.

If you can help solve any of these cases, investigators ask you call DeSoto area Crimestoppers at 662-429-TIPS.

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