TX TX - Linda Muegge, 55, Fredericksburg, 14 May 2007

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    ViCAP Homicides and Sexual Assaults
    The Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (ViCAP) maintains the largest investigative repository of major violent crime cases in the U.S. It is designed to collect and analyze information about homicides, sexual assaults, missing persons, and other violent crimes involving unidentified human remains. Select the images to display more information.

    http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/vicap/hom...selected-uid=c01829f02bb63ff8f51d1d33a79a6aa3

    V I C A P A L E R T
    UNSOLVED HOMICIDE
    Attention: Violent Crime / Homicide / Cold Case / Crime Analysis Units

    On May 14, 2007, at approximately 8:00pm, emergency personnel arrived at the scene of a house fire at 506 Franklin Street, Fredericksburg, Texas, and discovered the body of Linda Muegge, a 55-year-old white female.

    Muegge was severely burned and found lying face down under a large amount of debris which had fallen from the ceiling. Muegge had stab wounds and blunt force injuries on her head and neck. A knife was found in the living room, where the fire is believed to have been ignited by an accelerant. Muegge’s underwear was down around her knees; yet there were no signs of a sexual assault. In addition, a large sum of money was left in the house, however, the victim’s cell phone, wallet and car keys were never located.

    Two past incidents of possible interest involving Muegge occurred in the years prior to her murder, which are detailed as follows: On September 3, 2003, Muegge reported a suspicious white male in his 50s named Frank, whom she had met through a friend. The report indicated she did not feel comfortable with this man on her property but no further information or reports were ever documented. Separately on February 12, 2006, Muegge reported that two of her bottle fed sheep had been shot. It was later determined that the sheep had been shot with a .22 caliber rifle.

    To provide or request additional information related to this case, please contact: Sergeant Terry Weed, Fredericksburg Police Department, Texas
    (830) 997-7585, tweed@fbgtx.org - FBI ViCAP, (800) 634-4097, vicap@leo.gov -

    Alert # 2011-05-02; Released 5/12/2010; hlw

    http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/vicap/homicides-and-sexual-assaults/ViCAP Linda Muegge.pdf
     
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    Texas Rangers Cold Case Investigation Details

    Linda Muegge
    COMPANY: F REFERENCE NUMBER: 8 - Unsolved
    RACE: White
    SEX: Female
    CITY: Fredericksburg
    COUNTY: Gillespie
    RELATED YEAR: 2007

    DETAILS:
    Linda Muegge, 55 year old white female, resident of Fredericksburg and business owner of The Peasant Kitchen. She was a very spirited person well liked by many who also felt she had a giving heart. On Monday evening, 05-14-2007, Linda returned home from a local yoga class at approximately 5:30 PM. At approx. 7:54 PM local witnesses reported her house on fire which was located at 506 Franklin Street. After the fire was extinguished, Linda was found deceased inside the partially burned home. An autopsy later determined the manner of her death was homicide. Investigators also learned the fire at her residence had been deliberately set and ruled as arson.
    Investigators believe there is someone who has further information in reference to Linda’s murder.


    Anyone with information is asked to submit a tip thru the Texas Rangers’ Cold Case website or contact us at the Missing Persons Watts Line: 1-800-346-3243 .

    http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/TexasRangers/UnsolvedHomicides/Details.aspx?&id=8
     
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    Gillespie County Crime Stoppers

    Major Unsolved Crimes - If you have any information about the below
    listed crimes please call our local Crime Stoppers hotline at 997-8477.

    Homicide - On May 14, 2007 at 7:58 pm, Officers from the Fredericksburg
    Police Department were dispatched to 506 Franklin Street reference a house
    fire. The owner of the residence Ms. Linda Muegge was found deceased
    inside the residence. The Travis County Medical Examiner ruled the death of
    Ms. Muegge a homicide. This offense is believed to have occurred shortly
    before officers arrived at the scene. Please direct questions about the case to
    the Fredericksburg Police Department at 830-997-7585.

    http://www.gillespiecounty.org/users/0018/Documents/Major Unsolved Crimes.pdf
     
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    Murder shocks Fredericksburg
    05/18/2007 01:50 AM

    What police thought was an accidental death now looks like
    the first murder the Gillespie County town has seen in more than a decade.

    Linda Muegge, 55, lived on Franklin Road in southeast Fredericksburg.

    "Everybody that has talked to me about her has had nothing but good things to say," Police Chief Paul Oestreich said.

    Dental records where used to identify Muegge. The Travis County Medical Examiner ruled that she sustained trauma before the house went up in flames.

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    "We have a very good community. We have a very little violent crime in Fredericksburg and this is unusual. This is strange for
    something like this to happen," Oestreich said.

    http://austin.ynn.com/content/news/184433/murder-shocks-fredericksburg
     
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    New details in cold-case killing
    Fredericksburg murder unsolved after two years
    Updated: Tuesday, May 26, 2009, 12:20 PM CDT
    Published: Thursday, May 14, 2009, 12:32 PM CDT

    Two years ago, officers responded to a house fire on FranklinStreet. Crews found Muegge's body inside her home and ordered anautopsy. Results indicated Muegge actually died before the fire,most likely from sharp and blunt force injuries to her head andneck.

    The medical examiner said some of the injuries suggestedsmothering or strangulation. The state fire marshal also determinedthe fire was arson.

    "Since then, we've had no solid leads," Oestreich said. "It'slike the person who did this just disappeared off the planet."

    He hopes releasing new details in Muegge's background willprompt others to come forward with new leads. According toOestreich, they have details about her before the murder occurredthat may help them find her killer.

    "We know that Linda came to the police twice before the fire,"said Oestreich. "The first was a few years before when a man onlyknown as Frank made her feel uncomfortable. We never found himafter that. And the second was when someone shot and killed herbottle-fed sheep."

    Muegge's nextdoor neighbor Larry Nevels recalled, “It wasa few months before, she told us she was in her house and heard thereport of gunfire, came out, and two or three, I don’t knowexactly how many of her sheep were killed.”

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    Oestreich's officers recently began working with FBIbehavioral-analysis agents. He had hoped that the effort could helpreveal a criminal profile for the killer, but results have beeninconclusive so far.

    "The FBI said this is a solvable case," he said. "It's justgoing to be like peeling an onion."

    http://www.kxan.com/news/new_details_in_cold_case_murder
     
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    Ex-husband was never cleared. From your link:

    Fred told police he was at yoga class in Austin on the night of the fire, and police confirmed his credit card was used there that night, but they were never able to confirm whether Fred swiped the card himself or whether someone else swiped it for him.

    “He was not 100 percent cleared,” said Weed.

    Investigators also say Fred failed two polygraph tests, and they say his DNA was found at the scene.

    But Fred died in December slowing down the case even more.



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    "8 years later, a killer still walks"

    http://www.fredericksburgstandard.com/articles/2015/05/20/8-years-later-killer-still-walks

     
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    Reward doubled in unsolved Fredericksburg murder
    July 1, 2015
    http://www.kvue.com/story/news/loca...d-in-unsolved-fredericksburg-murder/29585345/
    More at link.
     
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    State offering more reward money for unsolved cases

    http://kxan.com/2017/02/15/state-offering-more-reward-money-for-unsolved-cases/

     
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    Rangers look for leads in cold case murder

    http://www.timesrecordnews.com/story/news/2017/03/28/rangers-look-leads-cold-case-murder/99737276/

     
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    R.I.P. Linda
     
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    I had seen this blog years ago but was encouraged to see that Linda's mother sees it as a possible COLD JUSTICE case. So do I. I knew Linda, Fred, and I know Fredericksburg. There were many strange things about this case. At one point, someone close to Linda told me that the police had a suspect in mind but didn't have enough evidence. I don't know if that's true. I can say that Linda wasn't an easy person to know. She was abrasive and difficult at times. I was surprised to read about her heart of gold. I'm sure she had one, but she could also be really unpleasant, even just socially. FWIW. I also knew her ex-husband Fred. I can't imagine Fred doing it, and yet-- Linda could be infuriating and Fred was his own kind of different. There was also some newspaper info early on in the investigation that Linda led a double life, frequenting bars and having a whole "nother" set of friends unconnected to her catering and church work. So clearly, there are stones left unturned.
     
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    I certainly don't mean to victim shame Linda, but I think it's important to be truthful or the truth can't be known. I loved Fred dearly, but he was an odd man. I was happy when they divorced because she was so cruel to him in front of others. He let her have the house (that burned) and all the handcrafted furniture he had made. The murder was during broad daylight! In town! On the day when everybody picked up food from Linda's business. Either a drifter who didn't know any of that or someone who knew her who went into a rage and wasn't thinking.
     

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