US attorney says investigators ‘narrowing their focus’ after retesting evidence in 2001 murder

Investigators ask for info on 2001 cold case murder

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Investigators are re-examining evidence in the 2001 murder of a U.S. Postal Service contract worker.

Larry Vinson, 55, was working as a contract driver with USPS when he was killed during a robbery Jan. 2, 2001 at the loading dock of the mail annex on Winchester Road.

His daughter says while so much time has passed, the loss is still very painful for her family.

“I can only pray that one day someone comes forward with the information on our father’s case in order to give justice to our family, his coworkers and our community that love him beyond belief,” said Tammy Kuhn, daughter.

The investigation was cold for nearly two decades until authorities began retesting evidence with new DNA technology, said U.S. Attorney Mike Dunavant.

Speaking at a news conference Wednesday, Dunavant joined one of Vinson’s children and several other law enforcement agencies, including the U.S. Postal Inspection Service in renewing the call for information about the murder.

Dunavant said new information has helped investigators narrow their focus.

“We think we are so close,” said Dunavant.

The USPS is offering a reward up to $100,000 for information about Vinson’s murder.

Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at 528-CASH or the U.S. Postal Inspection Service at 877-876-2455.

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