Columbus police seek info in solving 1986 cold case murder

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Picture of murder victim Douglas Suns

COLUMBUS, Ind. (August 31, 2015) – The Columbus Police Department is asking for the public’s help with finding the person or persons responsible for the murder of Douglas Suns.

On August 31, 1986 a customer at the Kokolene Gas Station located at 505 Jonathan Moore Pike, found Suns’ body lying next to the gas pumps with a head injury.

It was later determined Suns had been shot in the head, and he died at the hospital from his injuries.

Detectives believe the murder may have started as a robbery.

The murder took place in daylight hours on a busy highway with no known witnesses.

During the time of the murder and robbery there had been several unsolved armed robberies of local businesses.

During the investigation detectives were able to solve the rash of robberies and arrested a 16-year-old male and an 18-year-old male. Those suspects have not been tied to the murder yet.

If you have any information that will assist authorities, call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-8477(TIPS) or 800-222-8477(TIPS). You can also text “INDYCS” plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES). Anonymous tips may also be submitted at

You will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1000 if the information leads to a felony arrest. Only tips submitted directly and anonymously to Crime Stoppers are eligible for these cash rewards.

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