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Harrison County investigators reopen 18 year old cold case murder

Evidence from the car has been submitted for DNA testing. (Photo source: WLOX News) Evidence from the car has been submitted for DNA testing. (Photo source: WLOX News)
Investigators say technology has advanced since the murder and they can do things they previously could not. (Photo source: WLOX News) Investigators say technology has advanced since the murder and they can do things they previously could not. (Photo source: WLOX News)

Harrison County investigators are looking for clues to solve a nearly 20 year old cold case murder involving the shooting death of a young man from Pass Christian.

Wesly Cullen Cuevas was just 19 years old when he was killed. He had a job with the family masonry business, and was going to college.

However, Cuevas' future ended abruptly in a late night shooting in Delisle in February of 1997.      

A makeshift memorial sits not far from the DuPont Delisle plant marks the area where Wesly Cuevas was found dead inside his 1992 Chevy Cavalier.

He'd been shot twice in the head.

“He was found by the security guard, with the engine running, slumped over the wheel,” said investigator Caleb Mitchell.

Now, 18 years later, investigators are re-opening the cold case. 

“[We] Have been interviewing several people from back then now and are following up other leads of the case. We've been able to submit evidence that previously wasn't able to be submitted to the crime lab and to a DNA lab,” said Mitchell.

Evidence collected at the scene and inside the car will be submitted for DNA testing.

“The technology for DNA and a lot of the other forensic science disciplines is advancing so fast now that we can do things that we could not do before. So, we've actually evaluated some of the evidence in this case and determined we can go ahead and send that off,” said investigator, Kristi Johnson.

WLOX News did a story one year after the murder, as the mother of Wesly Cuevas, and several of his friends, gathered at the cemetery to remember.

“We're trying to hold onto the one thing we have left, and that's our memories,” said the victim's mother, Donna Cuevas.

Investigators would like nothing better than to put this case to rest.

“Find the ones that killed Wesley and arrest them for it,” noted Mitchell.

Anyone with any information about the murder is urged to call the Harrison County sheriff's investigators, or call Crime Stoppers at 877-787-5898.

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