HOUSTON – Family of a man missing and feared murdered breathed new life into his cold case. Crime Stoppers is offering a reward and investigators are chasing down a new lead.
For Nakia Frazier, steps forward feel phony without justice.
"The hardest part is not knowing and not being able to lay him to rest," said Frazier.
Frank Frazier was an 18-year-old student at Alief Elsik High School and his little sister's protector.
"He was my best friend," said Frazier. "[Frank] was very outgoing. He had a lot of friends. He never met a stranger and a lot of people cared about him."
Twenty three years ago, Frank walked his sister from their west Houston home to her bus stop. A neighbor saw Frank chat with someone in front of the Frazier family home. However, he hasn't been seen since.
"I knew right away something was wrong because our furniture had been moved," said Frazier.
Houston police detectives found Frank's blood on the family's couch, carpet and drops in their driveway.
"To this date, no body has been found," said Det. Mark Kral of the Houston Police Cold Case unit. "Nobody's come forward. So, we really need the public's help."
Since 1964, HPD detectives have cleared 11,826 murders. Approximately 5,552 other cases remain unsolved. Those cold cases generally get new attention when new leads develop.
"My family's impression was that (my brother's case) was never a high priority for them," said Frazier.
Detectives originally heard rumors of gang involvement. However, those proved unfounded.
"That was checked out back in the day, but I don't see that to be true," said Detective Mark Kral. "There was no gang affiliation with [Frank Frazier]."
Detective Kral is convinced that "somebody knows something." So, for leads he has scoured old crime scene photos, notes, reports, even an old newspaper article. Recently, he discovered something.
"We're tracking some DNA right now," said Kral. "[We're] testing some DNA and hopefully that will come back with some positive information."
Meanwhile, Houston Crime Stoppers is offering $5,000 for information leading to an arrest. Until it happens, Frazier's family will keep trying to move forward.
"We'll never give up," said Frazier.
Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers (713) 222-TIPS or submit a tip online.