Detectives are asking for anonymous tips to help them solve a cold case dating back to 2005.
The body of Christopher Hamby was found by Street and Sanitation workers on the side of a road in Birmingham. His killer has never been caught.
But Police Chief A.C. Roper is re-visiting the case in hopes of getting a fresh tip from the public.
From Chief Roper:
"On September 15, 2005, two Street and Sanitation workers were on their route in College Hills. They entered the 700-block of 11th Avenue West and saw a silver extended-cab pickup truck partially blocking the roadway.
They saw a man come from behind the pickup and get into the driver's seat. They also spotted what appeared to be a body wrapped in plastic on the ground behind the truck. The truck then backed away from the sanitation workers and left the area.
Investigators arrived and found the body had been bound with tape before being wrapped in black plastic. The body was identified as that of Christopher Hamby.
Mr. Hamby had been reported missing by family the day before he was found dead. And clearly, the key to finding whoever killed him is to determine who was in the truck that backed away from the sanitation workers.
We believe there were two people in that truck. And we believe that over the years, people have heard details about the crime. They can combine what they've heard with the clue of a silver, extended-cab truck and then call in a tip to Crime Stoppers.
Remember, you stay anonymous, and no one will know it was you who called. Also, we'll pay you cash if your tip leads to an arrest.
Someone's holding onto a secret about what happened. Crime Stoppers will listen to what you've heard and finally get justice for Christopher Hamby.
With Crime Stoppers, I'm Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper."
**To reach Crime Stoppers, dial (205) 254-7777. Calls are never recorded, and the phone lines are not traced. Caller ID is never used.
In addition to telephone tips, you can text a tip by texting the code 7777, along with your tip, to the word CRIMES. Or, you can submit an encrypted tip by going to www.birminghamcrimestoppers.org and clicking on the "submit an online tip" link.
No matter which method you choose, you will remain anonymous. Crime Stoppers will give you a private code number, and if your tip leads to an arrest, you can use the code number to claim a cash reward. Even then, you will not have to give your name -- only the code number.
Crime Stoppers cannot call its tipsters to testify in court, which helps keep you anonymous.
Crime Stoppers is a partnership between local law enforcement, the Birmingham Business Alliance and ABC 33/40. Together, our goal is to make our community a safer place to live and work.
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