July 7, 2010
A Houston roofer has been charged with murder after DNA tests linked him to the fatal stabbing of a romantic rival more than 20 years ago.
Cesar Manuel Cazares, 42, of the 4400 block of Robertson, surrendered to authorities Friday and was released after posting $50,000 bond. He is accused of killing a man who had begun dating his former girlfriend back in 1989, court records show.
After the slaying, Cazares got back together with his ex-girlfriend and married her six weeks later, public records show. They divorced last month after more than 20 years of marriage, said Sgt. Mike Peters of the Houston Police Department Homicide Division's Cold Case Squad.
Cazares has denied killing the victim, Leonides Ponce, 27, police said. Cazares' blood was found in Ponce's vehicle and his DNA was found under Ponce's fingernails, court records show.
Cazares was investigated closely as a suspect at the time of the killing, but police didn't have enough evidence to arrest him, Peters said.
Ponce had been dating Cazares' love interest only two weeks when he was found stabbed to death in a Ford Mustang parked in the Gulf Freeway's emergency lane on June 23, 1989. He was stabbed eight to 10 times in his neck, chest, abdomen and hands, reports show.
The homicide occurred about a month after Cazares' girlfriend had broken up with him, halting their 3½-year relationship, police said. At that time, Cazares, then 21, began following her and discovered she was seeing Ponce, who lived in the 4100 block of Sue Ellen, court records show.
The girlfriend told police in 1989 that Cazares had stolen a card from her vehicle which had Ponce's home address on it. She also told police she was talking to Ponce one day on the phone when they were interrupted by someone ringing the doorbell at Ponce's house. Ponce called her back and told her Cazares had stopped by and threatened to "destroy" him if Ponce and the girl continued dating.
The girlfriend told police that the day after those threats were made, Cazares "tricked" her into getting into his car and refused to let her leave. She was later able to get away from him. Cazares called the incident a "misunderstanding," court records show.
After Ponce was killed, police interviewed Cazares and noticed he had two cuts measuring about an inch long on the insides of his fingers. Cazares denied killing Ponce and said he had argued with his former girlfriend, but there had been no physical confrontation.
DNA tests done this year revealed that blood found on the center console of Ponce's car at the time of his death belonged to Ponce and Cazares. Fingernail scrapings taken from Ponce's left hand also contained a mixture of both Ponce's and Cazares' DNA profiles, court records show.
An argument at a Telephone Road bar turned fatal early this morning.
Sergio Luis Lima, 30, of Pasadena, was shot and pronounced dead at the scene after a car full of men fired into a bar in the 4600 blockk of Telephone Road following an argument about 3:50 a.m. today.
Police say four Hispanic males had been involved in a fight with other patrons at the bar.
"Security personnel removed the four males, who then left the scene," HPD says. "A short time later, a vehicle matching that of the suspects' returned. One or more suspects in the car then fired shots in the direction of the bar, fatally striking Lima."
Lima's body was found in the parking lot.
The suspects are described only as four Hispanic males in their early 20s. Police say their vehicle is believed to be a white Chrysler 300 with paper tags H118258.
Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at
713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
Joel Burt Thompkins, 28, is charged with the capital murder of
48-year-old Bridget Renee Jones.
HOUSTON - Police responded to the scene of a brutal murder in northwest Houston on Friday morning.
SkyFox was over the scene of the crime at an apartment complex in the 5900 block of Sunforest.
Investigators said Bridget Jones, a home healthcare nurse, was found nude and beaten in an apartment. It appeared she was struck several times with a fire extinguisher.
After a preliminary investigation, police said they were searching for a suspect identified only as “Danny.” The man may be driving a white Mazda.
Police also said a television was missing from the apartment.
According to HPD, the Jones' nine-year-old son was in the apartment at the time of the murder, but he did not witness the crime. A neighbor walking by peaked in through an open door and noticed the Jones’ body.
The son has been placed in a children's assesment center.
Jun. 11, 2010
HOUSTON -- Houston police are turning to Craigslist for clues in the killing of a 19-year-old girl, KPRC Local 2 reported Thursday.
Sarah Weyrick posted her need for extra cash on the popular website under Personals and Casual Encounters, police said.
Her post read, "Need help with a couple on bills -- just two bills. Tough times call for drastic measures."
Investigators said Weyrick lived just a few blocks from where she was found dead on June 2.
Weyrick had only been living in Houston for three months when she was found dead at the Mansions of Shadowbriar apartments, 12100 Overbrook Lane, in southwest Houston. Her body was discovered in the back seat of her burned gold Toyota Camry at around 2 a.m.
Police found a milk carton filled with a possible accelerant near the charred car. Weyrick's cause of death was multiple stab wounds to her neck.
Weyrick, who was originally from Burlington, Iowa, moved to Houston to spend time with her dad and to get a fresh start after high school.
Anyone with any information on Weyrick's death is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
A $5,000 reward is being offered in the case.
On May 1, 2006, in Conroe, Texas, cops say Glen Holmes Jr. and several friends stopped at a gas station because their car broke down. But when the guys couldn't get their broken down Cadillac to turn over, cops say Holmes started scoping out cars that would be worthy of stealing.
When Thomas and his girlfriend pulled into the neighboring Taco Cabana at approximately 1:40 a.m. in a Cadillac, Holmes seized the moment. Police say Holmes rushed the Cadillac and ordered Thomas out of the car, threatening to shoot him.
Thomas' girlfriend said she pleaded with Holmes not to shoot them. Both victims fled the car, as demanded. Bystanders witnessed the attack and reported hearing several shots fired at Thomas as he fled the assault.
Before leaving the scene in the stolen Cadillac, cops say Holmes stopped at the drive-through window. Taco Cabana employees said he held them at gunpoint and demanded two tacos before fleeing the scene.
During the attack, Thomas and his girlfriend ran in separate directions. When the authorities arrived, Police couldn't find Thomas anywhere.
With the help of witnesses, officers discovered Thomas in an alley nearby. According to Conroe Police Officer Chris Tusi, Thomas was on the ground, bleeding and did not appear to be breathing. He died in the alley.
Upon closer inspection, officers discovered a gunshot wound on the right side of the victim's ribcage.
While police officers and EMS personnel rushed to the scene of the crime, several other officers searched the area for a suspicious gray Cadillac. Around 1:45 a.m., an officer reported seeing a gray Cadillac in the area of South Frazier and began to pursue the vehicle.
Shortly after the officer started his pursuit, the driver of the Cadillac accelerated and attempted to evade the police, according to authorities. The driver turned off his lights and pulled off onto a shoulder. The officer trailing the Cadillac reported seeing the assailant leaning towards the center of the car, as if reaching for a weapon.
Then, police say, the assailant took off at high speeds down a one-way road. The Cadillac speed through a construction zone, before losing traction and bombarding into a concrete barrier. Holmes could not recover control of the car, and police say he crashed into a nearby ditch.
Despite the car crash, the perpetrator took off into a heavily-wooded area and eventually escaped authorities.
Since the murder, police have arrested Holmes twice. The first time came shortly after the crime on May 18, 2006.
After initial hearings, a Texas judge set Holmes' bail at $100,000 but eventually reduced the bail to $50,000. Holmes posted bond and was released Aug. 7, 2006.
After bailing out, Holmes was not seen until 2007, when police arrested him for the second time.
Upon his second scheduled hearing, Holmes' bail was set at $75,000,which he posted once again.
According to police, Holmes has not been seen since posting bond and did not appear for his second court date to face capital murder charges.
Police have searched high and low for Holmes and continue to do so. Detectives have chased down leads from Holmes' home town of Conroe, Texas, to his more recently rumored place of refuge, New Orleans with no avail.
Despite an influx of tips and a dedicated team focused on chasing down promising leads, police have not yet pinpointed Holmes' location. Investigators need your help to get Holmes behind bars -- once and for all. If you know anything regarding the whereabouts of Glen Holmes Jr., call out hotline, 1-800-CRIME-TV.
October 21, 2006 HOUSTON — Evacuees from Hurricane Katrina have contributed to an increase in Houston's annual murder rate, which could climb this year to its highest level in more than a decade, police said. Houston had 316 homicides as of Oct. 16. That's an increase of 25 percent from the 252 slayings tallied at this time last year, putting the city on pace to record nearly 400 killings before the end of 2006. "We recognize that the homicide rate is up as far as raw numbers and as well as percentages relative to the population," Capt. Dwayne Ready said. "We also recognize that Katrina evacuees continue to have an impact on the murder rate." When Katrina swamped New Orleans last year, 250,000 people fled to Houston. As many as 150,000 evacuees remain in the city. Houston's homicide rate has been much higher in the past, especially 1981, when the city was dubbed the nation's murder capital with 701 slayings. Even if the city reaches 400 homicides, Ready said, "it's not a bleak picture." At least 65 slayings in 2006 have been classified as Katrina-related, meaning either the victim, suspect or both evacuated to Houston after Katrina. Police have not kept records of how evacuees have affected crime rates other than homicide. The murder rate began to rise at the end of last year, when the city recorded 334 homicides. During the previous 10 years, Houston never exceeded the 316 slayings counted in 1995
HOUSTON — Evacuees from Hurricane Katrina have contributed to an increase in Houston's annual murder rate, which could climb this year to its highest level in more than a decade, police said.
Houston had 316 homicides as of Oct. 16. That's an increase of 25 percent from the 252 slayings tallied at this time last year, putting the city on pace to record nearly 400 killings before the end of 2006.
"We recognize that the homicide rate is up as far as raw numbers and as well as percentages relative to the population," Capt. Dwayne Ready said. "We also recognize that Katrina evacuees continue to have an impact on the murder rate."
When Katrina swamped New Orleans last year, 250,000 people fled to Houston. As many as 150,000 evacuees remain in the city.
Houston's homicide rate has been much higher in the past, especially 1981, when the city was dubbed the nation's murder capital with 701 slayings. Even if the city reaches 400 homicides, Ready said, "it's not a bleak picture."
At least 65 slayings in 2006 have been classified as Katrina-related, meaning either the victim, suspect or both evacuated to Houston after Katrina. Police have not kept records of how evacuees have affected crime rates other than homicide.
The murder rate began to rise at the end of last year, when the city recorded 334 homicides. During the previous 10 years, Houston never exceeded the 316 slayings counted in 1995
Jonathan was reported missing from his home on Christmas Eve, after his mother received a strange call from woman with a raspy voice at her workplace. Initially, his mother, Angela Davis, told authorities the boy was with a babysitter, but later admitted he was home alone.
Jonathan’s funeral is scheduled to take place on Tuesday at the Garden Oaks Baptist Church in Houston.
Family acquaintance, Mona Nelson, 44, has been charged with capital murder for killing Jonathan. She allegedly admits dumping the boy’s burned body in the ditch, however, has not confessed to killing him.
Nelson told KTRK that she could never harm a child and proclaimed her innocence in the matter.
Police say she claims one of Jonathan’s family member paid her $20 to discard a plastic bin. Nelson said she was drunk at the time and discarded it in a random ditch. She alleges she did not look inside the bin.
According to authorities, Jonathan’s body was not in a plastic bin when discovered.
Nelson’s sister, Angie Johnson, does not believe her sister killed Jonathan.
“That’s not Mona,” she said.
Police have a different opinion of Nelson and have described her as "soulless" and "cold."
To see a new KTRK video report regarding the case, click on the video player to the left of this article, or click here.
Ed Bell - A Person of Interest in the first I-45 killings. MORE INFOMATION TO COME ABOUT THIS SUSPECT.CLICK HERE
Henry Lee Lucas - He might have been the original I-45 serial killer in the 1970's. He admitted to over 1000 murders, it is unknown how many of these are true and how many are only his imagination. It is a fact that Lucas roamed the Gulf Coast when some of the early I-45 murders took place. However he has not been linked definitively to any of the unsolved cases. However, Lucas said he picked up most of his victims along the interstates by offering them a ride and sometimes dinner or a drink. In 1975 he met his partner in crime Ottis Toole after more time in prison. During an interview, Lucas said Toole had helped him commit many of the highway killings. Lucas also might be linked to a string of unsolved murders in Williamson County on Interstate 35, central Texas. But there is no way anyone will ever know for sure which crimes he has admitted are real and what he might not have told anyone.
Gabriel Soto - He is the main suspect in disappearance and most likely the killer of Rene Richerson in 1988. He died in 2002 without being charged, yet was at one time charged with retaliation against a potential witness in the her murder case.
Unidentified Male - March 1996 an unidentified man abducted a 13 year old girl as she was walking home from a shopping center near Seabrook. She leaped out of his truck in 200 block of East Fairmont in La Porte, Texas. A police officer just happen to drive by the truck witnessed the girl falling out of the truck. The truck is a late mode Ford Ranger, green with suspect as 35-45, 6 ft or 6'2", with graying black hair and beard. The truck was never seen before or after this incident.
Phony Tow Truck Driver - July 29, 2004 a northwest Houston teen girl stranded on a southwest Houston freeway was stranded with a flat tire on the West Loop near Interstate 10. A man she believed was a tow-truck driver offered to help, he changed her tire and then tried to sexually assault her. The girl said she managed to escape by stabbing the man in the torso and shoulder with a pocketknife. The attacker has a tall, bald, clean-shaven man with a tattoo of a spider web on his left shoulder. He was driving a faded black, older model Chevrolet pickup with "Super Tow" painted in white letters on the side.
League City Connections
Mark Stallings - Confessed in 2001 to the "Killing Fields" murders outside of League City but he would have been only 15 or 16 years old when the first Killing Fields victims came up missing. Since all of the Killing Fields victims were killed by the same unknown killer, his confession may have only been a way to improve his prison rep with other inmates. Although he has a history of violence and worked for another suspect Robert Abel. The Star Dust Trail Rides business once owned by Abel encircles the Killings Fields. Stallings was never charged in any of the I-45 Killings nor the Killings Fields murders despite any of his confessions.
Robert Abel - A retired NASA engineer died in early 2005. Once operated the Star Dust Trail Rides the address which was 3001 Calder in League city, right where the notorious "Killing Fields" victims where discovered. He was also a suspect along with a pool of other men by the League City Police Department. Yet nobody has ever been charged with these murders. Able was under public and local police scrutiny in early 1990's after fitting an FBI profile of the killer. Both the League City Police and Tim Miller searched the property but both turned up nothing of any real value as evidence. Tim Miller was the father of Laura Miller, one of the "Killing Fields" victims. Abel did passed a polygraph test, courtesy of a news show when the League City Police Department refused to administer one to him. The FBI afterwards admitted that the original profile was of poor quality and effectively eliminated him as a suspect. However, the League City Police Department where still unconvinced and reportedly still consider him a prime suspect.
The Anonymous Letter Writer: On December 22, 2005 Houston's local news reported that a letter had been mailed to Tim Miller by someone claiming to be the man who killed his daughter and others. It also boasted about the I-45 deaths, said news reporters. Only a very few parts of this letter were shown. However, the letter was made up from cut out newspaper and magazine words. Much like an old style ransom note from what was shown of it. Miller went on to say he was angry after he received it and more so when he went out to the property shortly afterwards. In the spot where his daughter's body had been removed by police, he had put up a wooden cross in her memory. He saw her cross had been knocked down and broken apart. In addition he came across some pornographic CD's left there as well. Most likely the same person who sent the letter also went out to the "Killing Fields" to leave a calling card for Miller to find too. Reporters say authorities are somewhat skeptical about the some of the claims this person makes in the letter. Being that the letter came only a few months after Able died, the authorities and Miller believe it might be a trick. Is this letter from the real killer or could it be a family member or friend of Robert Abel wanted to clear the dead man's name? For more information about the "Killings Fields" on Calder off I-45 in League City
The I- 45 Victims
Since 1971 numerous known cases of kidnapping, sexual assault and murder have happen along Interstate 45 in Texas. Some of the victims have disappeared never to be see again, some are skeletons by the time they are discovered, very few are found somewhat in tact. Most often the victims have been dumped in fields, parks and bodies of water. Because of the lack of communication between the jurisdictions and the inconclusive links of the cases involved. Media reports scarce most likely because authorities have been rather covert concerning details. This decades long murder spree of serial killers along I-45 is as perplexing as it is frighting.
Colette Wilson - Age 13, Caucasian. She was dopped off by Band Leader at a bus stop in Alvin on June 17, 1971. She disappeared, then her nude body was found close to I-10 and highway 6. Near Addicks Reservoir in west Houston, some 35 to 40 miles from where last seen 5 months earlier. She had been killed by a gunshot to head and her band instrument was never located. The remains of Colette Willson were found within 35 yards from where the body of 19 year old Gloria Gonzales was later discovered
Brenda Jones - Age 14, brunette. Disappeared while walking to Galveston hospital, close to I-45 to visit an aunt on July 1, 1971. Her body was found the next day floating in nearby Galveston Bay, close to the Seawolf Parkway and near I-45. She had a slip crammed in her mouth and had died of a head wound.
Gloria Gonzales - Age19, brunette. She disappeared on October 28, 1971 near her home in Houston. Her body was found near Addick's Reservoir in west Houston, within 35 yards from where the body of Colette Wilson had been discovered months earlier. She died from blunt force trauma to the head.
Alison Craven - Age 12, Caucasian. Her mother returned home from after running errands for 1 hour on Novermber 9th 1971. Her daughter was missing from their apartment near I-45. Police later found partial remains in a nearby field, two hands along with bones from an arm and some teeth. On Feb 25, 1972 the rest of her skeleton was found in a Pearland field, also near I-45 and 5 to10 miles from where she was last seen.
Debbie Ackerman - Age 15, Caucasian, brunette. Ball High School students Debbie Ackerman and Maria Johnson both from Galveston, they went to shop for gifts at a Galveston mall. Both disappeared on November 11, 1971 and they were found dead two days later. 10 miles north of where they disappeared, close to I-45 and Highway 3. They were in Turner's Bayou in Texas City where fishermen saw them floating, both girls were shot twice before being dumped in the water. Their hands and feet bound and both were only partially clothed.
Maria Johnson - Age 15, Caucasian, brunette. Ball High School students Debbie Ackerman and Maria Johnson both from Galveston, they went to shop for gifts at a Galveston mall. Both disappeared on November 11, 1971 and they were found dead two days later. 10 miles north of where they disappeared, close to I-45 and Highway 3. Their bodies were in Turner's Bayou in Texas City where fishermen saw them floating, both girls were shot twice before being dumped in the water. Their hands and feet bound and both were only partially clothed.
Kimberly Pitchford - Age 16, Caucasian. Last seen at a driving school in Pasadena near I-45 on January 3, 1973. She was supposed to call home for ride but the call never came. Her strangled cadaver was found two days later in a ditch near Angleton near the 288 highway, about 30 miles south of where she was last seen. Her uncle Ray Pitchford, said a possible serial killer was known to have attended the school about the same time. However, nothing has ever come of his statement and the authorities still deem the case unsolved.
Georgia Geer - Age 14, Caucasian, brunette. Brooks Bracewell and Georgia Geer had skipped school on September 6, 1974. Both disappeared from a convenience store in Dickinson, close to I-45. Both had been beaten to death and found were found in an Alvin Swamp.
Brooks Bracewell - Age 12, Caucasian, brunette. Brooks Bracewell and Georgia Geer had skipped school on September 6, 1974. Both disappeared from a convenience store in Dickinson, close to I-45. Both had been beaten to death and found were found in an Alvin Swamp.
(Possible 1970's I-45 Link)
Karen Pretty - Age 28, Caucasian, dark hair. Robert Pretty came home in north Houston from his job on May 10, 1978. He found breakfast half eaten on the table and heard water dripping in the front bathroom. He found the bodies of his sons, Scott 7 and Mark 5 in the bathtub, he pulled them from the water. His wife was in the master bathroom, she had been strangled with a phone cord. Her hands and feet were bound with phone cord and she was submerged under water in the bathtub. She was still wearing her floral bathrobe and had not been sexually assaulted. The children were still in their pajamas and they were not sexually molested either. Scott was strangled with the bare hands of the assailant and drowned face first into the tub of water. Mark was strangled and drowned in the same fashion as his brother but he had also been beaten. The house had not been robbed and only one drawer was opened according to the police. Their car a 1978 Mercury Marquis was found in an unassigned parking spot at an apartment at 198 Goodson Drive. The case is remains unsolved and the perp(s) motive(s) unknown.
Unknown Doe - Age about 14 to17, Caucasian, brunette. Dumped on I-45 about five miles north of Huntsville on November 1, 1980. She was nude, had been strangled with pantyhose and had human bites on her body. Described as 5'4" tall, 110 pounds. A truckdriver found her body.
Tamara Ellen McCurry - Age 22, Caucasian, brunette, brown eyes. Disappeared in Galveston after seen getting into an orange or yellow van on July 1, 1982.
Heidi Villerial Fye - Age 23, Caucasian, brunette. First victim found in the "Killing Fields" case, for more information push HERE.
Sandra Ramber - Age 14, Caucasian, brunette, brown eyes. Disappeared on October 26, 1983 form her house in Santa Fe, Texas. A small town close to League City and Friendswood. The case has been determined to be foul play and she is still a missing person. Her father reported her missing after he found the doors unlocked. Biscuits were cooking in the kitchen, her new coat and her purse were where she left them. She had just completed modeling school and wanted to becoming a model.
Jane Doe - Age ?, Caucasian, brunette. Second victim found in the "Killing Fields" case, for more information push HERE.
Laura Lynn Miller - Age 16, Caucasian, brunette. Third victim found in the "Killing Fields" case, for more information push HERE.
Headless Woman - Age ?. April, 1986 police recover a headless body from a garbage bag in a state park in Galveston, the body remains unidentified.
Shelley Kathleen Sikes - Age 19, Caucasian, brunette, brown eyes. The University of Texas student who was home for the summer, was last seen just before midnight May 24, 1986. She left her summer job at Gaido's restaurant for her Texas City home but never made it. Her car was found on I-45's northbound feeder road, just north of the Causeway. In the deep mud just north of the Santa Fe overpass, the car was blood spattered and the driver's window smashed. Her body was never recovered, but Bayview resident John Robert King and El Lago resident Gerald Peter Zwarst later were convicted of aggravated kidnapping, the most severe charge prosecutors could pursue without a body, in the case.
Laurie Lee Tremblay - Age15. One of Anthony Allen Shore's strangulation victims, killed September 26, 1986. She was last seen alive walking from her family's apartment to the bus stop, her body was later found behind a restaurant. Shore once reportedly lived in League City, the Galveston city where the infamous "Killing Fields" are located. Where 4 other victims have were discovered between 1983 and 1991.
Michelle Doherty Thomas - Age 17, Caucasian, brunette. Still missing, she was last seen leaving her Alta Loma home to meet friends on October 5, 1985.
Erica Ann Garcia - Age 14, Hispanic, brunette. June 7, 1987 she disappeared from teen club in Houston. Found behind nearby vacant building, she had been strangled to death
Suzanne Rene Richerson - Age 22, Caucasian, brunette. Worked as a night clerk at Casa Del Mar Condominiums in Galveston, Texas where she was last seen on October 7, 1988 at approximately 6:00 a.m. Another employee was sleeping in the room above Richerson's office and awoke to a scream, then a car door slam from the parking lot and another scream before the car drove away. The last people to see her were the security guards who got off duty at 6 a.m. She left behind her purse, school books and car. One of her shoes was found in the parking lot but she is still missing. On July 31, 2002, suspect Gabriel Soto age 39 died from an apparent from an overdose of drugs. Soto was never charged in this case but investigators said they believed he played a role in Richerson's disappearance.
Another Jane Doe - Age between 14-19, brunette. Discovered in a wooded area on the east side of Houston on September 19, 1989. Described as between 5'2" and 5'5" and between 110 and 130 lbs. Cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head and estimated time of death 1 to 3 months.
Janet Doe - Age ?, Caucasian, brunette. Forth victim found in the "Killing Fields" case, for more information push HERE.
Maria Del Carmen Estrada - Age 21, Hispanic, brunette.One of Anthony Allen Shore's strangulation victims, killed in April 1992. Estrada was last seen when she left her home to walk to work. Her body was found hours later in the drive through lane of a Dairy Queen restaurant. Shore once reportedly lived in League City, the Galveston city where the infamous "Killing Fields" are located. Where 4 other victims have were discovered between 1983 and 1991.
Trellis Sykes - Age 16 Abducted on way to school in Houston on May 13, 1994. Found later that same day in a field murdered.
Diana Rebollar - Age 9, brunette. One of Anthony Allen Shore's strangulation victims, killed August 7, 1994. Her mother had sent her to a near by convenience store to buy sugar. Diana's body was found behind a vacant building at 1440 North Loop West. She had been raped, beaten and strangled. Shore once reportedly lived in League City, the Galveston city where the infamous "Killing Fields" are located. Where 4 other victims have were discovered between 1983 and 1991.
Dana Sanchez - Age 16, Hispanic, brunette. One of Anthony Allen Shore's strangulation victims, killed in July 6, 1995. She was last seen talking to her boyfriend on a pay phone at West Cavalcade Street. She told him she planned to hitchhike to his home but never arrived. Her body was found in North View Park on July 14. She had been raped, beaten and strangled. Shore once reportedly lived in League City, the Galveston city where the infamous "Killing Fields" are located. Where 4 other victims have were discovered between 1983 and 1991.
Lynette Bibbs - Age 14 Disappeared with friend Tamara Fisher from teen club in Houston on February 1, 1996. Left dumped on side of rural road near Cleveland, Texas, two days later. Partially clothed and shot twice in back of head and once in the thigh.
Tamara Fisher - Age 15 Last seen with friend Lynette Bibbs at Houston teen club on February 1, 1996. Left dumped on side of rural raod near Cleveland, Texas. Fully clothed and murdered by gunshot wound to the head.
Krystal Jean Baker - Age 13, Caucasian, blonde, dark eyes. Disappeared on March 5, 1996 from Convenience Store in Texas City where she used the phone. In hopes for a ride to a friends house in Bayou Vista, which is a short distance from there. Her body was found a few hours later under the I-10 Bridge over the Trinity River in Chambers County. She had been strangled, beaten, sexually assaulted and killed by ligature strangulation. Her face was badly beaten. Closest highway from where she was last seen is I-45, Hwy 3 and Hwy 146 which goes along Bay toward where body was found miles away. Marilyn Monroe, Norma Jean Baker was Krystal's great aunt.
Teen Girl (Abducted) - Age 13. March 1996 a man who abducted her at gunpoint as she was walking home from a shopping center. She leaped out of his truck in 200 block of East Fairmont in La Porte, Texas. A police officer just happen to drive by the truck witnessed the girl falling out of the truck. The pickup truck is a late mode Ford Ranger, green with suspect as 35-45, 6 ft or 6'2", with graying black hair and beard. The truck was never seen before or after this incident.
Laura Kate Smither - Age 12, Caucasian, brunette. The aspiring ballerina disappeared April 3, 1997 while jogging near her home in Friendswood, Texas near I-45. Seventeen days later her body was found at the edge of a retention pond in Pasadena near I-45. She was nude except for one sock and a ring, her head was decapitated. A dark colored pickup was observed in same area as where last seen and composite sketch of person in truck. When Smither's body was found in the Pasadena retention pond, investigators took notice of some obvious similarities between her abduction and death and that of 9 year old Amber Hagerman in Arlington, Texas 3 months earlier. Both girls' bodies were dumped in waterways, nude except for their socks. It could not be conclusively determined if the two cases are related or not. However, sex offender William Lewis Reece is the prime suspect in Laura Smither and Jessica Cain deaths but did he do it? Information, including allegations of evidence tampering, surfaced. The autopsy report indicated that African American hairs found on the girl's body were contaminants and that did not come from the crime scene. Note the Amber Hagerman death, then also note the abduction of Sandra Sapaugh and the disappearance of Jessica Cain. Plus for more infomation click HERE.
Sandra Sapaugh (Abducted) - Dark complexion, brunette. She was fixing a flat on NASA Road 1 in Webster, across I-45 from Friendswood on May 16, 1997. When she says William Lewis Reece was the man who kidnapped her by pulling a knife on her and forced her into his truck. He ordered her to undress but she opened the passenger door and jumped out of the fast moving truck. Reece was charged with aggravated kidnapping of Sapaugh. Reece also is a suspect in the murder of Laura Smither and the disappearance of Jessica Cain.
Jessica Lee Cain - Age 17, Caucasian, brunette. Still missing after leaving friends at a Bennigan's restaurant in Webster about 2 a.m. on August 17, 1997. Two hours later her truck was found along I-45 in La Marque, there was no signs of struggle and her truck was operational. Witnesses saw her walking from her parked truck towards a red Isuzu Amigo that was stopped behind her truck.
Tina Flood - Age 23, Caucasian, blonde. November 29, 1998 a police officer pulled over Jonathan David Drew and found Flood beaten and barely alive in his front passenger seat. A waitress, she had befriended Drew at a night club. She died days later and he was convicted for her death. Drew is also suspected of several sexual assaults and it is speculated he could be responsible for the slaying of Jessica Lee Cain. A search of his former home in League City, where his parents still lived produced a vial containing several human teeth. League City is the Galveston city where the infamous "Killing Fields" are located. Where 4 other victims have were discovered between 1983 and 1991. Though his age would not match the time line of the "Killing Fields" murders but he did rape other women in the area.
Wanda May Pitts - Age 18, Caucasian, blonde. January 17, 1999 was at work the lobby desk at the Lodge Motel in Shenandoah. A job she had for about two months and she did not have a car. William Ray Mathews a drifter abducted her, took her to one of the motel rooms where he sexually assaulted her before strangling her to death. He couldn't recall where he had put her body but about a year later her remains where found off an abandon gated drive way.
Tracy Vickery (Abducted) - Caucasian, brunette. Weeks after Wanda May Pitts had vanished, Mathews attempted to abduct Vickery from the office where she sold mobile homes. The Country Time Mobile Homes just happened to located on the other side of I-45 from the Lodge Motel. He came in with a briefcase, sat down and wrote her a note. She was to do what he said because he had a gun and would kill her if she did not. He forced Vickery into his truck, then he drove off down I-45 with her but she leap from his moving truck. He tried to pull her back in by her hair but he couldn't, she got away and ran to the Gulf Cost Trades Center to save herself.
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Amber Hagerman - Age 9, Caucasian, brunette, brown eyes. The Amber Alert is named after Amber Hagerman, this national program is dedicated to all children nationwide who’ve been abducted. On January 1996, she was riding her bicycle in a parking lot near her home. A neighbor heard her scream, then saw a man pull her off her bike, throw her into the front seat of his dark pickup truck and drive away at a high speed. January 17, 1996 Amber’s body was found in a drainage ditch located by apartments which are located on Green Oaks Blvd a short distance west of Highway 360 in Arlington, Texas. She had been sexually assaulted and her throat had been cut multiple times with a knife. Like in the case of Laura Smither, both girls were nude except for socks. If the two cases are related cannot be conclusively determined. Though the prime suspect in Smither's death is William Lewis Reece, a known sex offender. For more infomation click HERE.
Tot Tran Harriman - Age 57, Asian, black streaked with gray, brown eyes. Height: 4ft., 11in.Weight: 130. Disappeared July 12, 2001 from: League City, Texas. Left League City to drive to Corpus Christy, TX. but has not been seen since. She departed at approximately 5:00 AM on July 12, 2001 from her son's residence said goodbye to her son and drove away in her 1995 rose quartz Lincoln Continental, with Florida rear license plate. A Navy Seal emblem where the front plate is normally affixed. Circumstances of this case indicate that foul play is possible.
Sara Trusty - Age 23, Caucasian, blonde. Last seen in Algoa near her church riding her bicycle around 11 PM on July 12, 2002. The bike was found in foyer of church the next day but she was gone. Her body was discovered on July 28, 2002 in a dike in Texas City.
Laura Ayala - Age 13, Hispanic, brunette. Missing since March 10, 2002 when she went to a near by convenience store to pick up a news paper for a school project. Walter Alexander Sorto, Edgardo Rafael Cubas and Eduardo Navarro have not been chaged with her death. However, her DNA was discovered in a SUV owned by Cubas' father.
Maria Isabel Solis - Age 16, Hispanic, brunette. She was last seen getting off of city bus near her school, students and nearby motel manager heard screams. Missing until a body was recovered in a wooded area near Sugar Land, Texas, on August 13, 2003. The body was discovered near a closed U.S. 59 turnaround at the Brazos River, about 20 miles southwest of Houston.Due to forensic laboratory backlogs she remained unidentified until February 9, 2005.
Teen Girl (Terrorized) - July 29, 2004 a northwest Houston teen girl stranded on a southwest Houston freeway was stranded with a flat tire on the West Loop near Interstate 10. A man she believed was a tow-truck driver offered to help, he changed her tire and then tried to sexually assault her. The girl said she managed to escape by stabbing the man in the torso and shoulder with a pocketknife. The attacker has a tall, bald, clean-shaven man with a tattoo of a spider web on his left shoulder. He was driving a faded black, older model Chevrolet pickup with "Super Tow" painted in white letters on the side.
Natasha Nicole Solidum - Age 30, Caucasian, brunette, 5-foot-5, weighing about 135 pounds. On February 23, 2006 a brother and sister were walking their dog on the beach near the Flagship Hotel in the 2400 block of Seawall Boulevard shortly after 11 a.m. A woman began shouting at them about something floating in the surf and at first one of them thought it was a mannequin. The woman’s body was clad in black sweatpants, light-blue Asics running shoes with white ankle socks, a red, hooded sweatshirt and she still had her sunglasses on. She carried no identification but her body bore a distinct mark, a tattoo of a ring of flowers around her navel. Her body had probably only been in the water for about an hour because it was still warm and rigor mortis had not set in. An autopsy showed that a single gunshot wound to the chest. Investigators combed the area near 24th Street and Seawall with special metal detectors to try to find evidence. Solidum, 30, was an elementary school teacher in the Alief Independent School District. The Flagship Hotel jets out over the surf, close to where I-45 ends on Galveston Island.