Big reward being offered in murder case

February 24, 2009 10:15:25 AM PST
A Tomball woman went out for a day of shopping but never made it back home. She was found shot to death nearly a day later. Crime Stoppers renewed its plea for help today in finding Sabrina Pina's killer.[SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

Pina's family last heard from her around noon Saturday, when she was shopping near Highway 249 and Spring Cypress. Family members spent the weekend looking for her, only to learn yesterday that she had been killed and left on the side of a road. Now investigators are continuing their search for her killer.

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $30,000 for information leading to an arrest or a conviction or whoever killed Pina. That reward could be increasing, thanks to a local doctor who is a friend of the family.

Investigators say they did establish a timeline on where the 27-year-old went on the Saturday that she disappeared. Authorities say her day stared around 9:30am. She and her husband had coffee at a Starbucks off the Tomball Parkway.

They both apparently had separate things to do and she went shopping. Police say she went to a Bed, Bath & Beyond, Target, Willowbrook Mall, and a Sonic. Police know that her last stop was at a Kohl's department store around 2pm in the area of the Tomball Parkway.

While investigators aren't sharing all of the information of their investigation, we know that she was last seen on surveillance camera video from the Kohl's store. However, investigators will not say what the video shows, only that she was seen in the parking lot.

"Without a motive and without a clear cut reason for this, we're still looking for explanations. We hope to get explanations," said Wayne Kuhlnan with the Harris County Sheriff's Office. "We believe that with all of the traffic in that area, we think we are going to get a lead. We are going to get the information that we are going to need to get to the bottom of this. And when we do, we'll find out from that individual what went on and why."

"If anybody has anything, not too small, just there is no, .nothing too small just call the police and help us get justice for her," said Pina's best friend, Tatiana Armenta.

Pina's body was found Sunday. Crime Stoppers says the reward for information leading to an arrest or conviction does stand at $30,000. But last night at the vigil, a local doctor and a family friend says he also planned to pitch in $5,000 of his own personal money to increase that reward to $35,000. All the details haven't been worked out on that as of yet.

If you have any information on this case, you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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