Funeral arrangements set after remains found in Shoreares confirmed to be Abigail English, 15
HOUSTON – The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences has positively identified a body found on April 23 as that of Abigail English, the 15-year-old girl who went missing in Shoreacres March 22.
The visitation for Abigail will be at the Crowder Funeral Home on May 6 from 5 - 8 p.m.
The funeral service will be on May 7 at 1 p.m. at Crowder Funeral Home, located at 851 FM 517 Rd. W in Dickinson.
Interment will be at the Mt. Olivet Cemetery, located at 7801 Gulf Freeway in Dickinson.
Texas EquuSearch is encouraging all of members to attend the funeral service if possible. They are also encouraged to wear thier Texas EquuSearch shirts.
English led a troubled life. At age 15, she had spent most of it in foster care in California.
When she was finally reunited with her biological family in Shoreacres last year, friends say the relationship remained rocky.
She lived with her maternal grandmother in Shoreacres. When Abigail disappeared March 22, her grandmother reported she had run away.
Three weeks later, concerned that no one seemed to be looking for her, Abigail's teachers at La Porte High School called Texas EquuSearch for help
“We'd gone to the police station, we'd talked to grandma, just a dead end. There just wasn't anything else being done as far as we could see," said Love Tay, school psychologist.
On April 23, EquuSearch volunteers found Abigail's remains near her grandmother's home.
Abigail's mother has given Miller permission to bury her next to his daughter, Laura, in Dickinson.
Laura Miller disappeared in 1984 and was found murdered 17 months later. After her death, Miller devoted his life to finding other parents missing children.
But he felt a connection with the girl it seems no one wanted. A bond with him, and his lost girl.
"Laura disappeared also and they said she was a runaway and we couldn't get any help. Her name was never in (the) news or on TV until her body was found 17 months later. I remember the helpless hopeless feeling. Yes, it touched me." Miller said.
Miller says Abigail's legal custodian is currently the state of California. He has obtained permission from the girl's mother to bury her next to his daughter in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Dickinson. He says he expects California officials will agree to it as well as soon as details are worked out.