03-04-2012, 08:42 PM #1
I-35 Mysteries - Victims And SimilaritiesInterstate Highway 35 covers some 740 miles from Salina, Kansas, in the north, to Laredo, Texas, on the Mexican border. More than half the highway's length -- in excess of 420 miles -- runs north-to-south across the Lone Star State, past Gainesville, Denton, splitting to accommodate the twin giants of Dallas-Ft. Worth, reuniting above Hillsboro for the long run south, through Waco, Temple, Austin, San Antonio. Between 1976 and 1981 the Texas stretch of I-35 was the hunting ground for a killer (or killers) who preyed on hitchhikers, and motorists in trouble, claiming at least 22 victims in five years time.A parole review date is set for July 21, 2012 for Fred Howard Coffey.
Coffey was convicted of the murder of 10 yr old Amanda Marie Ray, NC. He admitted to molesting 300 children.
Please write a letter on behalf of Amanda.
Suspect in the murders of:
5 yr old Neely Smith, NC
14 yr old Kathy Lynn Beatty, MD
8 yr old Travis Shane King, VA
Possibly connected to the disappearances of:
14 Yr old Tracy Anne King, PA
11 yr old Sheila and 13 yr old Katherine Lyons, MD
15 yr old Carolyn Majane, NJ
Chairman Charles L. Mann Sr.
NC Post Release Supervision & Parole Commission
P.O. Box 29540
Raleigh, NC 27626-0540
RE: Fred Howard Coffey, DOC# 0081135
or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
03-04-2012, 08:52 PM #2
21-year-old Lesa Haley 21 years old. Found Deceased August 23, 1976
found two miles north of Waxahachie, Texas, on August 23, 1976. Bound for Oklahoma City, traveling by thumb, she was last seen climbing into a van at Waco. Haley was stabbed in the neck with an awl before she was dumped on the shoulder of I-35.
03-04-2012, 08:55 PM #3
VICTIMS #2 AND #3
Frank Key age 19 and Rita Salazar age 18 November 5, 1978
On the night of November 5, 1978, 19-year-old Frank Key and 18-year-old Rita Salazar ran out of gas on a date in Austin. Next morning, Key was found north of Georgetown, shot nine times with a .22-caliber pistol, including four post-mortem shots in the back of the head. Salazar's body, shot six times with the same gun, was found on a frontage road near Waco.
03-04-2012, 09:00 PM #4
Victim #4 Sharon Schilling, age 27 September 3, 1979
Sharon Schilling, age 27, was found on a street in San Marcos, Texas, on Labor Day 1979, a few blocks from I-35. Shot once in the abdomen with a .410-gauge shotgun, she died on September 13, without regaining; consciousness.
03-04-2012, 09:04 PM #5
Sandra Dubbs October 8, 1979
Less than a month later, on October 8, Sandra Dubbs was kidnapped after her car broke down on the drive from St. Louis to San Antonio. Her body, stabbed 35 times, was discovered in Travis County, Texas
03-04-2012, 09:13 PM #6
Jane Doe October 31, 1979
On Halloween, the strangled body of a "Jane Doe" victim, nude except for a pair of orange socks, was found in a highway culvert near Georgetown.The Doe Network: Case File 33UFTX•Discovered on October 31, 1979 near Georgetown, Williamson County, Texas
•Cause of death was homicide.
•Estimated Date of Death: Hours prior to discovery
•She has been nicknamed Orange Socks.
•Estimated age: 20 - 27 years old
•Approximate Height and Weight: 5'8 - 5'10"; 135 - 140 lbs.
•Distinguishing Characteristics: 10- brown hair with a reddish tint and hazel eyes. Her legs were unshaven and her toenails were unpainted and extremely long. Her fingernails were medium-length and painted reddish-pink.
•Marks, Scars: She had a 1/4 inch-long hairline scar under her chin; healed scars from insect bites were visible on both of her legs. Her ears were pierced. No previous fractures.
•Dentals: Available. Her teeth were in very good condition and there was no evidence of dental work or cavities. All virgin teeth, but missing teeth 1 and 16.
•Medical Information: Suffering from chronic salpingitis, the result of gonorrhea.
•Clothing: No clothing other than a pair of orange socks. She was wearing a large, elongated oval-shaped silver ring with an unknown shell in the center. Investigators believe the shell may be abalone
•DNA: Available in CODISCase History
The victim was located near Interstate 35 in a culvert outside of Georgetown, Texas. The culvert is located 9.4 miles south of the Williamson / Bell County line. The victim was killed by strangulation hours before her body was discovered.
Two matchbooks were found at the scene; one was from a Motel 6, the other from a Holiday Inn in Henryetta, Oklahoma. The only other evidence was determined to be a makeshift sanitary napkin, which was labeled among the evidence as a bloody towel.
The serial killer Henry Lee Lucas confessed to the victim's murder in 1982, three years after her death. He informed authorities that he picked her up while she was hitchhiking in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma the day before her murder in 1979. He claimed that her name may have been "Judy" or "Joanie." Lucas was convicted of her murder in 1984 and sentenced to death; he recanted his confession shortly thereafter. Texas Governor George W. Bush commuted Lucas' death sentence to life in prison shortly before his execution due to the doubt which emerged in this case.
Aside from Lucas' possible involvement in this case, authorities are searching for an anonymous female caller who phoned them on three separate occasions with information regarding this case. The caller claimed that she saw the victim hitchhiking near Georgetown, Texas the day of her murder.
03-04-2012, 09:14 PM #7
Rodney Massey Jun 23, 1980
On June 23, 1980, victim Rodney Massey, shot four times, was found in a field near Temple, Texas, 70 miles north of the state capital at Austin.
03-04-2012, 09:40 PM #8
Jane Doe July 9, 1980
On July 9 of that year, a Hispanic "Jane Doe" was discovered near Pflugerville, stabbed 27 times with a screwdriver; her pants had been pulled down, although there was no evidence of sexual assault
03-04-2012, 09:41 PM #9
In May 1981, yet another "Jane Doe" was found near New Braunfels, shot six times in the head with a .25-caliber pistol.
03-04-2012, 09:49 PM #10
Lucas and Toole confessed to some of these murders but later recanted.
03-04-2012, 09:50 PM #11
These next Victims are all from Fort Worth, Tx which is along the I-35 Corridor.
Note the similarities between the I-45 corridor murders and the I-35 murders.
03-04-2012, 09:52 PM #12Report number: 77-A-14
Victim: June Ward, 25 years old
Location: 1000 W. Fuller Ft Worth, Tx
On February 18, 1977, a person walking in the 1000 block of W. Fuller found the body of June Ward lying next to the curb. It was later determined that she had been strangled. Her white Chevrolet Laguna was found at 4800 S. Freeway.
Last edited by JeannieC; 03-04-2012 at 10:05 PM.
03-04-2012, 09:54 PM #13Report number: 74-A-205
Victim: Carla Walker, 17 years old
Location: 3400 Ramona Ft Worth, Tx
On February 17, 1974, Carla Walker was kidnapped while she sat in a car with her boyfriend at the Ridglea Bowl parking lot. Carla’s body was found three days later in a culvert near Lake Benbrook in Tarrant County. It was later determined that she had been strangled. Carla Walker was a student at Western Hills High School.
Last edited by JeannieC; 03-04-2012 at 10:11 PM.
03-04-2012, 09:57 PM #14Report number: 78018772
Victim: Lecia McGee, 17 years old
Location: 2300 S.W. Loop Ft Worth, Tx
On January 22, 1978, Lecia McGee went to visit some friends. She left a few hours later and did not return home. Her family reported her missing. The next day, Lecia’s body was found in her car, which was parked at 2300 S.W. Loop 820. She died as a result of being stabbed several times. She resided a few miles from where she was found.
Last edited by JeannieC; 03-04-2012 at 10:10 PM.
03-04-2012, 09:59 PM #15Report number: 77-A-54
Victim: Ore Lee Prescott, 31 year-old black female
Location: 1000 Cobb Park Ft Worth, Tx
On June 4, 1977, the body of Ore Lee Prescott was found lying in a field in Cobb Park. Her car was found at another location in the park. It was later detemined that she had been strangled.
Last edited by JeannieC; 03-04-2012 at 10:10 PM.
By georgiagirl in forum Cold CasesReplies: 69Last Post: 08-17-2015, 02:07 PM