Discussion in 'Texas Killing Fields and Mysteries Along I-45' started by bessie, Nov 3, 2011.
Use this thread to post cases from the 1980's.
23 year old Heidi Villarreal Fye was a cocktail waitress, last seen on October 10th 1983.
Her remains were found in the League City, TX Killing Fields on Calder Rd. after a dog carried her skull to a nearby house on April 4, 1984. She had vanished six months earlier after walking from the home of her parents to use the phone at a nearby convenience store. The medical examiner noted Fye had broken ribs and had been beaten with a club. She may have died from blunt force trauma to her head. Fye and Miller disappeared from the same convenience store at Hobbs & W Main in League City, Texas. Also the very same duplication of arrangement of the cadavers, laying on their backs nude with their arms crossed over their chest.
Jane Doe - Calder Rd
February 2, 1986 four boys riding dirt bikes on Calder Rd in League City, TX smelled a foul odor. They located the skeletal remains of a (still unidentified) female, and called the police.
Dubbed "Jane Doe," it is estimated that she died six weeks to six months before being found; she had been shot in the back. She perhaps had been shot to death by a .22 caliber weapon. Part of a bullet was found with the cadaver at the medical examiner's office. (Ruined as evidence). The autopsy also revealed healed fractures of the ribs. She is described as being about 25 years old, being between 5 feet 5 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall, about 140 to 160 pounds, with light reddish brown shoulder length hair and had a distinct gap between her upper front teeth. She was about fifty yards from where Fye had been found. While investigating the scene the police found yet another body the same day.
16 year old Laura Lynn Miller, a Clear Creek High School sophomore.
Laura Miller was missing shortly after the Miller's family moved to League City, on September 1st 1984. Their phone wasn't working yet, so she had been talking to her boyfriend on a payphone (at the very same convenience store where Fye was last seen). She insisted that her mother let her finish her call and she was old enough to walk home. She never arrived and the police implied to her father that she was a run away. Tim Miller had found out about Heidi Fye's murder and wanted the police check the same area for his daughter. Fye and Miller disappeared from the same convenience store at Hobbs & W Main in League City, Texas. Also the very same duplication of arrangement of the cadavers, laying on their backs nude with their arms crossed over their chest. Miller was victimized twice, by the killer and by the system. The same day as Jane Doe's body, the police while looking for clues stumbled upon Miller's remains on February 2, 1986 she was shot in the head. She was only a mere twenty yards from Jane Doe.
11/3/2001: LEAGUE CITY - A Texas prison inmate has confessed to killing as many as six women in Fort Bend and Galveston counties, including some at the infamous site here known as the "killing field," authorities said Friday. Mark Roland Stallings, 34, has not yet been charged with any of the murders, however. The sheriff said that, although physical evidence is lacking, charges against Stallings are likely for the April 1986 slaying of Benna "Bea" Bowen, 27, and the June 1989 death of 18-year-old April Eaves. "He's convinced the detectives that he legitimately was there at the time," Wright said. "There are details that only the investigating officers or those close to it would know. He had some of those details. "He also led them to the scene, which is not an easy scene to find since it was out in a pasture. The area had changed considerably since the time the murders occurred and when he was back here, he was still able to take them back there."
Tamara Ellen McCurry, 22 - Disappeared 7/1/1982 from Galveston
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; may have been a few months pregnant. If this information is accurate, her due date would have been sometime during January 1983.
Name: Tamera Ellen McCurry
AKA: Tami Norris, Jessica Simmons
Case Number: M9403002
Case Type: Endangered
Last Seen in: Galveston (Galveston County)
Last Seen on: 7/1/1982
Height: 5' 6 "
Weight: 125 lbs.
Age Missing: 22
Eye Color: Brown
Hair Color: Brown
Date of Birth: 2/17/1960
State Missing From: Texas
Country Missing From: USA
Sondra Ramber, 14 - Disappeared 10/26/1983 - Santa Fe, TX; Still missing
Age progression as of 2011
Age 14, Caucasian, brunette, brown eyes. Disappeared on October 26, 1983 from 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 become a model. 5'5" and 125 pounds.
Michelle Doherty Thomas
Name: Michelle Doherty Thomas
Date Missing: October 5, 1985
Missing From: Alta Loma, Texas
Age: 17 years old in 1985
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Green
Complexion: Fair w/prominent freckles
Police/Sheriff: Galveston County Sheriff’s Dept
Michelle Thomas, 17 yrs old, was last seen leaving her family’s home in Alta Loma, Texas (near Santa Fe, Texas) on October 5, 1985. She was planning to meet friends at a nightclub in Galveston that evening, but never arrived and has not been seen again. Michelle is one of many young women that disappeared and/or were found murdered in the Galveston County area in the 1980’s.
09/27/2011: Galveston police investigated an imprisoned murderer, who recently claimed to have killed four girls in the county decades ago, but officers found nothing to support his statements, authorities said. Edward Harold Bell, 72, sent letters from prison to the Galveston County District Attorney’s Office in 1998, claiming he was responsible for the deaths of two high school girls from Galveston and two middle school girls from Dickinson, the Houston Chronicle reported Sunday.
Shelley Sikes, 19, left her summer job at Gaido’s restaurant for her Texas City home but never made it. Her car was found on Interstate 45’s northbound feeder road about a mile north of the causeway. Her body was never recovered, but Bayview resident John Robert King and El Lago resident Gerald Peter Zwarst were later convicted of aggravated kidnapping, the most severe charge prosecutors could pursue without a body.
1984 Case # 84-19417
Murder of Brenda Maureen Hackett
September 9, 1984 – FM 2854 3 miles west of I-45, Conroe, Texas
SYNOPSIS: Brenda Hackett was 24 years of age, lived in a rented home
off Roy Harris Loop (Conroe), and worked at Club Daniels in Conroe as a
server. On September 9, 1984, at approx. 4:23 pm, Brenda Hackett
phoned her mother from a payphone at Safeway located at 1100 West
Dallas Street, Conroe. On September 10, 1984, at approx. 3:00 pm, a
passing train observed a body in “Contrary Creek” located alongside the
railroad trestle next to FM 2854 approx. 3 miles west of I-45. MCSO
Deputies responded and found the dead body of Hackett lying partially in
the water and she had been strangled with a pair of pantyhose. On
September 13, 1984, Hackett’s dark green 1967 Ford Mustang was found
abandoned on Arnold Street, just behind the Cross-Roads Shopping Center
where Hackett had made her last known phone call. The car contained
Hackett’s purse and shoes and had been observed parked at that location
on September 10, 1984, at approx. 4:30 am. MCSO Cold Case Detectives
recently had DNA testing conducted on semen collected from Hackett’s
body, which resulted in an unknown male DNA profile being obtained.
Jerry Michael Ward was a suspect: He was the number one suspect in two new cases, involving the the disappearance of Connie Sue Cooke, and the murder of Brenda Maureen Hackett. But althought police were on the verge of arresting him, Ward committed suicide in a self-inflicted execution.
Darlynn Foster - Murdered 09/15/1989 in La Marque, TX
LA MARQUE - Police said Monday they were stumped in their search for a motive in the slaying of a La Marque woman. The body of Darlynn Foster, 35, was found in a field in the 2400 block of Maxwell about 4 p.m. Friday after she was shot with a .22-caliber bullet, said Sgt. Frank Bostick. Investigators said they suspect she was shot in her home and then staggered to the nearby field. Blood was found in a hallway in her home, but there were no signs of forced entry or robbery, Bostick said. Police said a relative had stopped by the sister's house about 3:45 p.m. and noticed that Foster was not at home and that the front door was open. LE found Foster's body in the field near the home. All four tires of the victim's car had been slashed. They said there are no suspects in the case.
Unknown Doe - Found near Huntsville, TX 11/01/1980
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 truck driver found her body. The victim's body was dumped on side of I-45 north, 2 miles north of Huntsville, TX. The general condition of the body and her overall health and nutrition indicated she had probably come from a middle class home. There was no identification with the body. No semen was found on or in the victim's body.
When the murder became known through media, several people came forward and said they’d seen a teenager matching her description the day before her body was found.
A witness identified the victim as a girl who had been at the South End Gulf station around 18:30 on Halloween night asking for directions to the Ellis prison unit.
She had been wearing blue jeans, a yellow pullover sweater with big pockets that hung below her waist, and she was carrying high-heeled sandals in her hand. To the best of his recollection, she had been let out of a 1973 or ‘74 blue Chevrolet, possibly a Caprice, with a lighter colored top, which was being driven by a white male. She looked disheveled like she had been traveling, and perhaps sleeping in her clothes. She left the station, walking north on Sam Houston avenue. A waitress working at the Hitchin’ Post truck stop on Interstate 45 said the girl came into the restaurant the same evening and again, asked for directions to the Ellis Unit, saying she had a friend there. A map was drawn for her and she departed. The waitress asked the girl how old she was and the girl responded 19. The witness thought that was an obvious lie and then asked if her parents knew where she was. The young girl replied, "Who cares". The witness then stated she asked her where she was from. The girl replied Aransas Pass/Rockport, TX area. It has not been verified that the girl was the unidentified victim.
Her photograph was shown to every inmate at Ellis Prison Unit, but no one claimed to know the girl.
On January 16, 1981, the unidentified girl was buried in the Adickes Addition at Oakwood Cemetery. Huntsville Funeral Home buried her, and Morris Memorials provided her tombstone. It is believed that Henry Lee Lucas killed this girl, but investigators could not make a match between the bite mark on her left shoulder and his dental reconstruction. STILL UNSOLVED.
Walker County Jane Doe Websleuth's Thread
Laurie Lee Tremblay, 15 - 09/26/1986 Killed - Houston
Laurie Lee Tremblay – Age 15.
Tremblay, 15, was found slain behind a Ninfa's restaurant at 10694 Westheimer about 7:10 a.m. Friday, less than an hour after she left the nearby apartment she shared with her mother at 12735 Whittington. She was on her way to catch a bus on Dairy Ashford at Westella to the Montrose-area school she attended.
Investigators with the Harris County medical examiner's office said the girl was strangled with some type of cord. Police said they have no leads or motives in the attack. There was evidence she may have been killed elsewhere and then dumped behind the restaurant.
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; Shore dumped her body 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 been discovered between 1983 and 1991.
Anthony Allen Shore
[ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Allen_Shore"]Anthony Allen Shore - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]
Link to Anthony Shore's confession is below:
18 Mile Road is found near the bottom tip of the island, located in the lower left corner of this image.
Skull Found – Galveston - August 15, 1980 - A human skull was found on West Beach near 18-mile road Friday evening by two beachgoers. The skull was partially buried in the edge of a sand dune. The people who discovered the skull took it to Galveston Island State Park where they called police.
Sgt. Danny Perez of the Sheriff's Department said the discovery of the skull is a new development in an investigation that has been going on since Monday 8/10/80 when a jawbone was found on West Beach near 7-mile road. Since then, a human leg bone was found at 11-mile road and a human forearm was found on the beach near Galveston Island State Park. After the skull was returned to the area where it was found, Galveston Police and Galveston County Medical Examiner Dr. W. M. Korndorffer searched the sand and found no other human remains. Korndorffer said the skull may be that of a young female; the skull contained no wisdom teeth which would indicate the person was young. Based on an initial examination of the skull, Korndorffer said it may match the jawbone that was found earlier in the week.
A small amount of blonde hair was still attached to the skull and a handful of hair was in the sand below the skull. Korndorffer said there are missing persons in the area who match the description of the skull, believed to be a teenaged female. He then said "the rest of the skeleton will probably show up later." He said he doesn't believe any more bones are in the area where the skull was found. Korndorffer said he will put all the bones together Saturday morning, and try to see if they belong to the same person. He said it is too early to guess at the cause of death until more tests are performed.
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If not the correct place to post.
quote...after a dog carried her skull to a nearby house on April 4, 1984
End of quote.
It is a strange curiosity on my part.
But if there were more houses in the area.
I wonder why the dog picked this particular house?
Perhaps it was the dogs home?
I just find it fascinating she was found because a dog
took her skull to a particular house/why that one?
If a LEO was here.
I would ask to check and see whom was living at this house around the time the girl became missing.
Was it the same person living there when the dog brought the skull to the house.
Or was it someone different living there at the time she became missing.
I am thinking wayyyyyyyyy outside the box.
But I wonder if it could be possible the dog brought the skull back to the place the dog
thought she was last at or had a connection to.
Though it could be the dog lived there and just took it back to play with.
This is the third posting i have seen involving bite marks.
left shoulder, another right shoulder, and another one multiple bite marks on her back.
I'm trying to make sense of your response. Move the post? To where? And why wouldn't it be posted here? Please clarify.
I believe the dog took it to his owners home, which is near the field. Out in the country, there is no reason to leash your dog or keep them in one's yard.
23 year old Heidi Villarreal Fye was a cocktail waitress, last seen on October 10, 1983.
Her remains were found in the League City, TX Killing Fields on Calder Rd. after a dog carried her skull to a nearby house at which the dog lived, on April 4, 1984. She had vanished six months earlier after walking from the home of her parents to use the phone at a nearby convenience store. The medical examiner noted Fye had broken ribs and had been beaten with a club. She may have died from blunt force trauma to her head. Fye and Miller disappeared from the same convenience store at Hobbs & W Main in League City, Texas. Also the very same duplication of arrangement of the cadavers, laying on their backs nude with their arms crossed over their chest.
(The first link is more about Laura Miller, but since I'm not sure if my earlier post is being questioned for accuracy regarding Fye's skull, the linked ABC News article does refer to the skull being carried by a dog)
I think Mr. TT thought these threads were just for reference and not discussion. We might decide to copy the cases to stickies later, but for now it's fine to use the "decades" threads for discussion.
Ikoihil, thank you so much for filling in the cases here.
quote...at which the dog lived,...end of quote.
That is the part of the sentence i was having problems finding.
The first victim, Heidi Fye, was found in 1984 after a dog carried her skull to a nearby home.
23 year old Heidi Villarreal Fye was a cocktail waitress, last seen on October 10th 1983. Her remains were found after a dog carried her skull to a nearby house on April 4th 1984.
But your other link proves the dog took it back to its dog house.
So it was where the dog lived.
quote...The first grisly discovery came in April 1984 when a dog dragged the skull of Heidi Fye into his doghouse. Soon, officers found the rest of the 25-year-old League City woman's skeletal remains...end of quote.
Was not questioning your accuracy.
Just wanted to know for sure if that's where the dog lived.
Thank-you for replying and giving me the link to show the dog did in fact live there.
Montgomery Sheriff's Department County Cold Cases