Renewed plea to find a killer

May 16, 2009 8:54:48 PM PDT
A local family is renewing its plea for help in finding a killer. [SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

A man well-known in Houston's advertising community was murdered in his own home in March and already police are looking for new leads in the case.

Outside Brett Elliot's townhome, the people who loved him most were handing out flyers, hoping that someone with information about his murder will help them.

"He was a very special person, funny, creative, the most entertaining guy you'd want to be around," said Lisa Elliot, Brett's sister.

As a senior copywriter in the ad business, the 54-year-old Elliot spent years perfecting his craft, working for numerous ad agencies and volunteering for the Houston Advertising Federation.

"He gave so much of his time," said friend Laura Manning. "He mentored so many kids in the community, in the advertising and writing world."

Elliot's body was found on March 30 inside his burned out townhome. An autopsy revealed blunt and sharp force injuries to his neck and head.

Investigators believe whoever killed him set his home on fire to cover up the crime. And since detectives have exhausted all leads, Crime Stoppers is urging anyone who may have seen something unusual that morning or in the week prior to Elliot's murder to call them.

"Whoever did this, if it was the first time, it won't be the last. If it wasn't the first time, it won't be the last," said Ray Wathan with Crime Stoppers. "So we want to get them off the streets before they strike again."

If you have any information in this case, call Crrime Stoppers. The number is 713-222-TIPS. You don't have to give your name and could earn a cash reward up to $5,000

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