Four girls were found dead inside an I Can’t Believe It’s Yogurt store in North Austin in 1991. The case is not settled, but a new bill might help.
AUSTIN, Texas – It’s been 31 years since the crime that shocked the Austin community. Four young girls were killed in an I Can’t Believe It yogurt shop in North Austin.
Building – fuel. This crime has not been solved until today.
But this week, lawmakers in Washington, D.C., passed a bill written with that in mind. It is called “Law on the Rights of Families of Murder Victims” And it could help solve this case and other cold cases across the country.
It was December 6, 1991, when a gruesome discovery was made inside a North Austin yogurt shop. Four young girls: 17-year-old Eliza Thomas, 17-year-old Jennifer Harbison, 15-year-old Sarah Harbison, and 13-year-old Amy Ayres were all shot to death after setting fire to the store. .
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The inspectors were stunned. Police began a years-long investigation to find the killer or killers. Authorities tracked down thousands of leads with no luck.
In 1999, four men were charged, but in the end, all their cases fell apart.
Now, the crime has prompted legislation in Austin, D.C. Michael McCall (R-TX 10) and Congressman Eric Swallow (D-CA 15) have authored the “Homicide Victims’ Family Rights Act.”
“I’m not disappointed with the yogurt thing,” McCall said.
Three years after the case went cold, the bill would allow loved ones to review the victim’s federal case. A complete re-investigation will use the latest technology to uncover new clues.
“It’s very important for victims’ families to have the right, if you will, to have the confidence that they can reopen their loved one’s case for further review and investigation,” McCall said.
This is a new tool for families to get answers.
KVUE spoke with Amy Ice’s family last year, 30 years after the girls were killed.
This issue should have been resolved 30 years ago. “It’s crazy to me that we still have to do this,” said Angie Ayers.
His brother said that they do not lose hope that this case will be solved.
Shawn “30 more years of not giving up is 30 years of trying. If it takes another 30 years, it takes another 30 years… We’re not giving up. There’s going to be a solution to this or that.” Ayers said.
The Homicide Victims’ Family Rights Act is now headed to President Joe Biden’s desk.
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