Discussion in 'Texas Killing Fields and Mysteries Along I-45' started by JeannieC, Oct 24, 2011.
Sunday, 21 March 1999
Disclaimer: Since the original link is included in the quote, I do not feel the need to replicate JeannieC's work.
Use this thread to post cases from the 1990's
first posted by JeannieC and Ikoihil
1990 Case # 90-44704
Murder of Tammy Lynn Bounds
June 21, 1990 – Claude Penny Road, Cleveland, Montgomery County, Texas
SYNOPSIS: Tammy Lynn Bounds was 18 years of age and resided at the
Oak Dale Manor Apartments in the 2200 block of Aldine Mail Route,
Houston, Texas. Tammy Bounds was living with her common-law
husband and her 14-month-old son. She was 7 months pregnant with her
second child at the time. On June 21, 1990, several residents of the Oak
Dale Manor Apartments observed Bounds on the complex with her son at
approx. 10:30 am. On June 21, 1990, at approx. 1:00 pm, a survey crew
discovered the dead body of a white female in a wooded area alongClaude Penny Road, .2 miles off Hwy 105 East, in Cleveland, Texas.
Approximately an hour earlier, an infant had been found wandering down
a residential street about 5 miles from the body. Media coverage of the
infant and the body led to the positive identification of the body as being
Tammy Bounds and the infant found wandering the street as her son. An
autopsy revealed that Bounds had been strangled with a ligature. The
child she was carrying died also. It was determined that Bounds body had
been transported approx. 40 miles north of her apartment complex.
Montgomery County Sheriff's Department Cold Cases
Update: DNA linked Robert Lawrence Wilson to Bounds' murder. He was arrested in California, 08/311/2011.
age progressed photo on the right
Doe Network Case File 279DFTX
Missing since September 8, 1990 from Houston, Harris County, Texas.
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date Of Birth: September 10, 1971
Age at Time of Disappearance: 18 years old
Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'7; 125 lbs.
Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Brown hair; brown eyes.
Tattoos: The word Taxie with a red heart and a musical note, along with a zigzag, on her upper left arm; The phrase Wicked Innocence with a long-haired skull on her right shoulder; A skull smoking a cigarette on her left breast; A red rose with a spider web on the back of her right shoulder.
AKA: Shelly; Michele
Buehler was last seen on September 8, 1990 near her home in Houston, Texas. One of her car's tires was flat and she parked the vehicle near the corner of Westheimer and Beltway 8.
Authorities suspect that Buehler attempted to walk the half-mile back to her home from the location, but never arrived. Foul play is suspected in her case.
[ame="http://www.websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=113607"]TX TX - Stephanie Michele Buehler, 18, Houston, 8 Sept 1990 - Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community[/ame]
An unidentified female body was found in a field in the 3000 block of Calder Rd, the same field where the bodies of other young, female homicide victims were found in previous years.
"Janet Doe" had been beaten and strangled. It is estimated she was dead for one to six weeks before her skeletal remains were discovered in the "Killing Field".
The victims whose bodies were found near Janet Doe:
04/04/1984 -- Heidi Villareal Fye, 23, beaten in the head with a club
09/10/1984 -- Laura Lynn Miller, 16, shot in the head
02/02/1986 -- Jane Doe, 15-20, died of a gunshot wound
From the Doe Network Case File 52UFTX
"The victim was discovered in a field located in the 3000 block of Calder Road of League City, outside Galveston, Texas.
She was the second of four bodies that would be found in the area, dubbed by the press "the Killing Fields." Heide Fye's body was discovered on April 1984. Laura Miller's remains were also found on February 2, 1986. The skeletal remains of another unidentified woman, Janet Doe was found in the same field in September of 1991. Authorities theorize that the four women were all killed by the same person. Police say all the women were similar in age, height and hair color and all were found in similar ways: nude, lying face up. The women were not buried, just hidden from view.
The League City Jane Doe case is included along with 26 other women in the area that have been murdered or missing since 1971. Authorities believe there may be several serial killers responsible for some of the deaths and disappearances."
Police Search Pond, Look for Clues
League City Police Step Up Efforts to Identify Victims
Victims' Sketches to be Displayed on Billboards
May 12, 1994
Tests were conducted on hair fibers and guns removed from the home of Robert Abel in November, League City police Detective Pat Bittner said.
"The FBI couldn't connect any of that stuff to Abel," said Bittner, who sent the hair fibers vacuumed from Abel's home to FBI headquarters in Quantico, Va., for testing. "None of the hair matched the victims."
FBI Tests Fail to Link Robert Abel to Calder Rd Murders
February 19, 1998
LEAGUE CITY - Searchers found what appeared to be a woman's blouse Wednesday in their second - and final - day of sifting through a pond for evidence in four murders.
The item will be tested, police said, but they were doubtful it is connected to four young women whose nude bodies were found in an area off Calder Road between 1984 and 1991.
Suspicious Item Foound During Search
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.
League City police Capt. Chris Reed said DNA tests will confirm whether Stallings was involved in any of the slayings of four women whose bodies were dumped in a field off Calder Road just west of Interstate 45 from 1983 to 1991.
"He confessed to multiple homicides. We don't know which ones at this time," Reed said. "We have an idea but we're not real sure because we haven't corroborated what he said."
Although Stallings confessed, he was never charged. Janet Doe remains unidentified, and the four murders are still unsolved.
1991 Case # 9111100217
Murder of Beverly Sue Demler
November 10, 1991 FM 1488, ½ mile west of I-45, Conroe, Texas
SYNOPSIS: On November 10, 1991, a citizen who was engaged in
hunting discovered human skeletal remains on a wooded piece of
property along FM 1488 approx. ½ mile west of I-45 in Conroe, Texas.
MCSO Deputies responded and collected additional skeletal remains.
Expert examination revealed that the subject had died from blunt force
trauma to the head. In 2001, Texas DPS Special Crimes linked the
remains to those of Beverly Sue Demler (34 yoa), who had been
reported missing by her husband on March 20, 1990, in Harris County,
Texas. Demler was positively identified by dental records.
Montgomery County Sheriff's Office Cold Cases
Deaths of Three Young Women May Have Been Single Killer
April 16, 1992 - Maria Del Carmen Estrada, 21, was abducted as she walked to work from her apartment at 7200 Shadyvilla. Her body was found hours later in a parking lot of a business at 6707 Westview
October 21, 2004
Jurors found accused serial killer Anthony Allen Shore guilty of capital murder in one of the four deaths he's charged with, Local 2 reported Thursday. Anthony Allen Shore
Shore, a 42-year-old former tow truck driver, was tried on a capital murder charge in the April 1992 death of Maria Del Carmen Estrada, 21. He also is charged with killing two teenage girls and a 9-year-old girl over a nine-year span.
Prosecutors say Shore kidnapped Estrada and sexually assaulted her before leaving her body in the restaurant's drive-through lane.
Shore was charged with Diana's murder. She had been strangled with a tourniquet when her body was discovered in August, 1984. She was abducted on her way to a convenience store on Main around the 6600 block of Main in the Heights area of Houston.
October 19, 2003
One day in August 1995, Piedra wanted to make agua de sandia - watermelon juice - but realized she didn't have sugar.
"My daughter told me she would run to the store and get it," Piedra recalls. Diana never came back.
Virginia Piedra always hoped police might someday capture the man who raped and killed her 9-year-old daughter in 1964 so she could finally end the years of lingering uncertainty.
"I'd like to talk to (the suspect), to ask him what he was thinking when he killed my daughter - my little girl," Piedra said in Spanish during a sometimes tearful interview in her northeast Houston home Tuesday. "But I know he couldn't answer."
Dana Sanchez went missing on July 8, 1995. One week later, Anthony Allen Shore called KPRC radio station KPRC in Houston with the location of the field where her body lay. She had been sexually assaulted and strangled. A toothbrush was used to make a tourniquet.
Her murder in 1995 was the type of case that haunted even a seasoned homicide investigator like him: Just 16 years old, Sanchez had been sexually assaulted and strangled, the noose cinched with a toothbrush.
The Killer Next Door
More than 10 years later, Glenda Whitson recalls each second of the 8 minutes that changed her family's life.
It began with a visit from her grandchildren, Amber Hagerman, 9, and brother Ricky, 5.
Jimmie Whitson kept two bicycles at the house for the grandkids, and Amber and Ricky asked if they could go for a quick ride on the sunny winter day.
"My husband and my daughter said, 'OK, but just go once around the block,'" Glenda Whitson told Crime Library.
They peddled around two corners to the parking lot of a Winn-Dixie grocery store that had been closed for some time. Neighborhood kids enjoyed riding on a ramp there...
"They rode over there and went down the ramp," Mrs. Whitson said. "Ricky told his sister, 'I'm going back home because mama told us to just ride around the block.' So he rode back here, and my husband asked him, 'Where's Sissy?' He said she stayed for one more ride on the ramp, so they sent him back for her."
Ricky Hagerman left but returned a minute or two later and said, "I can't find Sissy."
Four days after the abduction, a man walking his dog spotted Amber's naked body in a creek bed near an apartment complex in north Arlington. The girl's throat had been slit.
Amber Hagerman - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
I remember commenting on amber's case in cold cases. Before i knew anything or very little about the killing fields or Amber herself. When i seen this posted just now it kinda shocked me. To think she may had been murdered by one of the serial killers. It never dawn on me to look for a connection to other children whom may-have met a similar fate as Amber.
I would like to post what i believe may be victims killed by the same person/persons based upon physical similarities only without any details but will provide a link to where the photo came from and includes the details that I did-not include. You and the other moderators here can alter, delete move or do whatever you like with them at your discretion at anytime.
Would that be OK to do?
You and ikoihil and the others are doing phenomenal work in putting this
together. Its hard for me to explain what i mean by that, but your making things more calm and orderly and not so vast and confusing where one would be lost without your help.
Your visual aids, such as old newspaper articles from the time the crimes occurred are absolutely priceless.
Glad you joined in this discussion. It is unbelieveable what was happening all those years and believe me the victims are many.
Can't speak for Bessie or the other mods but all of us appreciate it when others join in and add to this thread. Bessie has done a great job sorting all of this for us!
Thanks to you guys for showing how important it is to put this together. I hope it will attract a lot of attention so some of these cases can finally be solved!
Tamara Fisher and Lynette Bibbs
Both girls were shot. Fisher was fully clothed, but Bibbs was wearing only a blouse and sandals. The rest of her clothes were missing. When there bodies were found, the lack of scratches and bruises led investigators to believe they had not been sexually assaulted. They were last seen a couple of days earlier when they went to a nightclub with a 22 year-old acquaintance. He took them to a motel on Old Spanish Trail afterward, and claims he left them alive Friday morning, but returned later to find them gone.
Bibbs' mother, Verlina Bibbs, was murdered about ten years earlier. Her throat was cut, and her body left in a field in La Porte.
February 7 ,1996
LIBERTY - Because different types of bullets were found at the wooded Liberty County area where two La Porte girls were killed, investigators believe two assailants were involved.
Liberty County sheriff's detectives would divulge little information Tuesday, but Justice of the Peace Fred Dishongh Jr. said two men are wanted for questioning in the shooting deaths of Lynette Bibbs, 14, and her best friend, Tamara Fisher, 15.
The men's names have not been released.
The girls left their homes in La Porte Thursday night with a friend. Their bodies were found Saturday in an isolated area near Cleveland.
Tamara Fisher and Lynette Bibbs
On March 5, 1996, Krystal Jean Baker left her grandmother's house at approximately 1:20 p.m. With no word from her by that evening, her grandmother reported her missing. Two weeks later her body was found under the I-10 bridge over the Trinity River is Texas City. She had been strangled.
DNA linked a Louisiana man, Kevin Edison Smith, 45, to Krystal's murder. He was arrested and charged in September, 2010.
TEXAS CITY — The mother of a girl found slain under a Chambers County bridge in 1996 said Friday a suspect’s arrest and murder charge in the cold case was a miracle. Kevin Edison Smith, 45, of Louisiana, was arrested Wednesday at his refinery job in Groves on a Chambers County Sheriff’s Office warrant, charging him with murder in the killing of Krystal Jean Baker, Texas City Police Chief Robert Burby said. DNA gathered from the case and processed through the Texas Department of Public Safety led to an arrest, Burby said.
She said, "I wish I could wake up out of this nightmare and hold my little girl in my arms."
Adding to her grief was the fact that her daughter's killer was never brought to justice. On the run all these years -- until now. DNA evidence led authorities to arrest 45-year-old Kevin Edison Smith of Louisiana. He was taken into custody at a job site in Chambers County where he'd been working as a welder.
KRYSTAL JEAN BAKER
So sad and for Lynette's mother to have been murdered too. God bless that family. I hope they find the person(s) responsible for Lynette's and Tamara's murders.
I wonder if they found the person who murdered Lynette's mother? So sad.
Just reread my post and want to clarify one thing, I'm not a mod..........Hope I didn't confuse anyone.