The St. Louis police department issued a request for public assistance today in the hope of unraveling two unsolved murders.
The first occurred back on May 23, 2007, when police found the badly burned body of 39-year-old Ralph Cato in an alley in the 4700 block of St. Louis Avenue. Cato's hands were bound by what appeared to be duct tape. An autopsy revealed that he'd also been shot numerous times. Earlier that day, Cato's wife had reported him missing. His vehicle, a 2002 PT Cruiser, was discovered the same day burned on a vacant lot in the 3000 block of New Ashland Place the same day.
The second unsolved murder stems from October 19, 2009.
Percel Perkins, 24, was in the front passenger seat of a vehicle stopped at a red light on Tucker at Convention Plaza around 7:45 p.m. when he was shot in the head by suspects in a gray or silver sedan, possibly a Pontiac Bonneville.
Police say they have exhausted all available leads in both cases and hope an appeal to the public will result in the suspects being identified, or in new, credible leads. Anyone with information about either incident is asked to contact CrimeStoppers at 1-866-371-TIPS.