March 11, 2009
Wichita Police hope revisiting an eight year old murder mystery will bring new tips to help solve the case.
On December 15, 2001, around 3 a.m., John Rangel crashed his car near Interstate 135 and 2nd Street. Investigators said the car Rangel was driving appeared to be traveling at a very high rate of speed. As it hit the exit ramp, the car went airborne and struck an electrical transformer. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Detectives assumed Rangel died as a result from his injuries, but an autopsy proved otherwise.
"During the preliminary review by the medical examiner and coroner, it was found that the victim indeed had a broken neck, but he also had a bullet wound," Detective Tim Relph said.
Investigators won't say where Rangel was shot, but are hoping fresh information will help put the pieces of the puzzle together.
"Based upon the condition of the car and where the injury occurred at, I cannot think of a scenario where this would be a stray bullet, " Relph said.
Detectives said it appeared Rangel had no obvious enemies that would want him dead. If anyone have any information, call Crime Stoppers at 267-2111. Information can remain anonymous and if the tip leads to an arrest, up to $1,000 reward may be offered.