Austin Local News
APD Cold Case Unit Makes Arrest in 1979 Murder
A Travis County Grand Jury has indicted 64-year-old Michael Anthony Galvan on one count of capital murder and one count of murder. Galvan stands accused of sexually assaulting and then murdering Debra Sue Reiding at her apartment on Algarita Avenue in Austin, Texas. The incident occurred nearly 40 years ago on January 22, 1979.
At the time of her death, Ms. Reiding was 18-years-old and had recently moved to Austin with her newlywed husband Robert John Reiding. The couple had previously resided in Montana.
Galvan was a suspect in 1979, but there was not sufficient evidence to charge him in relation to the crime. Advances in DNA technology allowed Cold Case Detectives to positively link him to the crime. Galvan has worked and lived in Austin since the time of the crime.