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SAN ANGELO – The Tom Green County Sheriff’s Office solved a five-year-old cold case by arresting two suspects in connection to the murder of Brian Kyle Plunkett. Sheriff David Jones and one of his Criminal Investigation Division Lieutenants’ held a press conference this afternoon shortly after 2 p.m. to give an update on the 2010 case.

On Friday Nov. 6, investigators from Sheriff’s Office arrested George Dale Simmons, 37, and Kimberly Nicole Linthicum, 33 of San Angelo, Texas for the murder of Brian Kyle Plunkett.

Plunkett was reported missing June 13, 2010 by his parents, and his skeletal remains were found by deer hunters in the state park North of San Angelo on October 25, 2010. Plunkett was in the process of leaving San Angelo and moving back to his home in Ringgold, Louisiana at the time of his disappearance.

Jones was asked what kind of evidence was found that led to solving the cold case.

“There has been some documentation from the participants in the case,” Jones said. 

Lt. Terry Lowe followed up with his response.

“Sometimes the easiest route is just like when water is flowing and oftentimes the easiest answer is the correct answer,” Lowe said. 

Lt. Lowe, was the primary investigator. He was asked about the relationship between the suspects and Plunkett.

“The two people arrested and Bryan were all associates back in 2010 when the offense occurred; through that association what led to his eventual death was an altercation,” Lowe said. He clarified that Linthicum was Plunkett’s girlfriend at the time of the murder.

Lowe was asked how Simmons and Linthicum were found to be the suspects in the Plunkett case.

“As the case went along over the years, the other investigators, prior to my involvement, did a lot of documentation in working the case so I was able to go on what they had done,” Lowe said. “We just had to bring it to a point where the district attorney would accept and issue a warrant.” The Assistant DA who will be handling the case is Bryan Clayton.

Both Simmons and Linthicum have been charged with murder, a first-degree felony, and they are being held in the Tom Green County Jail. Simmons is being held in lieu of a $250,000 bond, and Linthicum on a $200,000. 

Lt. Lowe concluded by saying it was a collaborative effort through the years by the Sheriff’s Office, DPS, the FBI and Game Wardens.