Special Report: Big Lake cold case - part II

Special Report: Big Lake cold case - part II

BIG LAKE, TX (KWES) - We continue our special report on a 32-year-old cold case out of Big Lake.

A woman was found dead on the side of the road in 1984. That woman was later identified as Jackie Lambert of Killeen.

Ruled a murder, investigators ran into a dead end in the case.

That's until Lambert's nephew came forth with knowledge of an assault that happened months prior to her death.

"They made her strip down naked," said Lambert's nephew, Antonio Montjoy. "They tied her to a chair, she was hit in the head with a baseball bat, she was kicked in her stomach when she was pregnant but nobody knew she was pregnant. They let a dog attack her and then they threw hot sauce on her body while it was all welped up, then he made her touch herself."

Antonio Montjoy has reviewed the police reports countless times. Those reports reveal Jackie Victoria Lambert was assaulted in Killeen on the evening of September 29, 1983.

She was on her way to work when three women and a man forced her to go to a trailer with them.

The man who initiated the graphic assault was actually interested in pursuing a romantic relationship with Lambert. That is, until he learned some new information.

"He always wanted to talk to her and be with her and she didn't want to be with him," said Montjoy. "She was with this other guy that he did not like."

The people responsible for the attack were charged with aggravated kidnapping and aggravated assault.

The then, 20-year-old Lambert, went to stay at a crisis center in Killeen, where she began receiving death threats just months after the assault.

"She was really scared for her life," said Montjoy. "Nobody was supposed to know she was at the center. It was supposed to be discreet. But somehow somebody found out. The center basically allowed those calls to be given to her even though she said she didn't want to talk to anybody."

Needing to get away for a while, she hitched a ride with a long haul truck driver.

Lambert accompanied him on his normal route from Killeen to Arizona.

She stayed in touch with her family through post cards until the post cards stopped.

"The one she sent from Arizona, she said, 'Hey, I'm on my way home. I'll be there in two days.' And she never showed up," Montjoy said.

On their way home, Lambert and the truck driver stopped for a bite to eat in Big Lake, Texas, on Aug. 8, 1984.

Police told Montjoy, witnesses said the two had gotten into a fight, so she took off walking. She headed east out of Big Lake, unaware she was walking into her final moments.

For years, Montjoy has been looking into this case himself. In fact, he recently went to the address of where his aunt was assaulted.

He spoke with a person mentioned in Lambert's testimony, who unveiled a detail that could point to who killed his aunt.
"He was like, 'Yeah, the guy that initially had her beat up, he had something to do with her getting killed. And so did the truck driver. Him and the truck driver had an agreement worked out.' And I'm just listening to what he was saying, and I was like, 'wow.' It was crazy," said Montjoy.

Montjoy compiled the evidence and took the case to the Texas Rangers.

We spoke with Trooper Justin Baker, Public Information Officer with the Texas Department of Public Safety, about what authorities are doing to find justice for Lambert and her family.

"We have newer technology that we can hopefully go back and get some of that evidence and use some modern technology to hopefully create new leads into the case," said Baker.

Baker said even the most minute details could prove to be helpful. If you traveled on Highway 67 on the night of Aug. 8, 1984 and noticed anything, you could hold a very important piece that could solve this murder.

"Any little bit of information you might have that wasn't brought up years ago, please bring that information forward," said Baker. "Little bits of information can lead to a break in the case, which could lead to an arrest and lead to closure for the family."

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