Public's help sought in solving 1983 slaying of Texas restaurateur

Charles Bates found stabbed to death inside restaurant, DPS officials say

By Troy Blevins - Online Editor
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Charles Bates (Photo courtesy of the Texas Department of Public Safety)

AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas Department of Public Safety is asking for the public's help in solving a homicide from 1983.

The public's help is sought in solving the stabbing death of Charles Alfred Bates, 51, in Balcones Heights, Texas, which is an enclave of San Antonio.

DPS officials said an unsolved case is featured each month by the Texas Rangers Unsolved Crimes Investigation Team in an effort to generate new investigative leads and bring added attention to unresolved or "cold cases" across the state. It's part of a DPS public awareness program.

Bates was found stabbed to death on May 22, 1983, inside the Po Folks restaurant at 4250 Fredericksburg Road in Balcones Heights. Officials said Bates was the general manager and an undisclosed amount of cash was stolen from the restaurant.

Investigators believe Bates was killed by someone he knew. Officials said Bates had been in the restaurant business for many years and was engaged to be married.

San Antonio Crime Stoppers is offering a reward associated with the case. Officials said to be eligible for the cash reward, the tip must be submitted by calling 210-224-STOP (7867) or visiting the San Antonio Crime Stoppers website.

Tipsters can also submit a tip through the Texas Rangers' Cold Case website or call the Missing Persons Clearinghouse at 800-346-3243, officials said.

Visit the Texas Rangers’ Cold Case website for more information.

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