KOKOMO, Ind. — Investigators in Kokomo are reaching out to the public about a nearly 17-year-old murder investigation.

Chad Rouse

Police said 20-year-old Chad Rouse was shot to death during a suspected robbery on November 15, 2006. Rouse was in a home on S. Armstrong Street when an unidentified male came into the house and held Rouse and a female at gunpoint. Rouse was shot during a struggle.

“Chad Rouse was murdered in his home 16 years ago and since that day in 2006, Kokomo Police Department investigators have followed up on numerous tips and leads, but this case remains open,” officials said in a release.

“It’s a long time coming. It needs to get done,” said Chad’s mother, Athena Rouse.

With one eyewitness to the crime, investigators need the final piece of the puzzle.

”We are confident that there are people out there today who know exactly who is responsible for this,” said Cpt. Scott Purtee with Kokomo Police.

”We have narrowed this down to a very small group of people but we still believe there are people out there who can provide information that would bring closure to Chad’s family.”

Athena Rouse says this was not deserved.

”He was a good guy. I came home one day, and he had all his clothes on his bed and he was going to give them to a homeless guy,” said Athena.

Investigators revisit cold cases every year in hopes new information will come forward. 

”Many times when we do things like this and put a case back out in the public eye, we will get some sort of public response and that is our hope with this,” said Cpt. Purtee.

Cpt. Purtee says with science today they are more likely than ever to bring justice for Chad. 

”We are revisiting the evidence, doing evidence analysis on these cases to see if there is something. We might be able to find a DNA profile,” said Spt. Purtee.

He adds no tip is a bad tip.

”No matter how meaningless you think your info may be give it to us and let us be the deciders.”

For now, the family will continue to release lanterns on the anniversary of his death, November 15.

There are several ways you can submit a tip:

  • Call Captain Michael Banush at (765) 456-7278
  • Call Kokomo Police Department at (765) 456-7017
  • Kokomo PD mobile app
  • Text TIPKPD (followed by space then your tip) to 847411
  • Call Crime Stoppers at 800-262-TIPS (8477)