‘Solvable’: Solving cold cases within marginalized communities
De’Shaun Hollins was murdered in West Houston in 1992. When KPRC 2 began on this story, Parson did not know where her son’s body had been left. Thanks to the good Samaritans who found De’Shaun’s body and reached out to Zach Lashway after his initial report aired in July, Annette now has some answers.
Where is Clara Harris now? ‘The Evidence Room’ catches up with woman who killed cheating husband with her Mercedes
‘The Evidence Room’ is an award-winning true crime docuseries that brings a fresh perspective to the Houston area’s most notorious crimes and convictions through unprecedented access to the Harris County criminal archives.
Solving the unsolved: Decades-old cold cases cracked by Houston-area forensic lab
Currently, there are more than 330,000 unsolved murders in the U.S., according to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report data. Cold cases, some decades old are being cracked in Houston because of technology at Othram, a first-of-its-kind lab in the world that was purposefully built to identify perpetrators or victims from crime scenes. The technology is capable of testing evidence with degraded or trace amounts of DNA.
42-year-old cold case killing of ‘Jane Doe’ solved; family waits 26 years before officially reporting Texas teen missing
The Texas Rangers have made an arrest in a 42-year-old cold case. On April 13, the Rangers arrested 68-year-old Larry Allen West for the murder of 18-year-old Carol Joyce Deleon. He was taken into custody at his residence in San Antonio.
Boyfriend arrested, charged in death of Houston woman who was found shot to death in burning car 6 years ago, deputies say
The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office announced Thursday that it has made an arrest in the six-year-old case involving the murder of a Houston woman who was shot to death by her boyfriend.
‘Closure’: Remains found in Pearland 36 years ago identified in ‘cold case’ disappearance of Alisha Cooks
On Wednesday, investigators with the Brazoria County Sheriff’s Office met with the family of Alisha Cooks and told them that remains found 36 years ago have been positively identified as the missing woman.
Cold case arrest: Fugitive who fled to Mexico after fatally shooting man in 2004 extradited back to Harris County, HPD says
A man who fled to Mexico after police say he shot and killed another man in 2004 was extradited back to Harris County Friday where he will stand trial for his role in the shooting, according to the Houston Police Department.
DNA links Conroe man executed by lethal injection in 2002 to cold case murder of 12-year-old 43 years ago, officials say
DNA evidence has solved the cold case of a 12-year-old Montgomery County girl killed more than 40 years ago. The murderer will not have the opportunity to stand before any judge or jury, however, because he has already been put to death for another murder, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.
Missing ‘Baby Holly’ found alive 42 years after parents’ remains located in wooded area in Houston
The family of “Baby Holly” can now find peace in knowing she’s alive and well thanks to the collaborative efforts of the Texas Attorney General’s Office Cold Case and Missing Persons Unit, the Lewisville Police Department, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office in Florida, the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Reward increased in 1996 cold case of woman who was sexually assaulted, strangled in SW Houston home
On Nov. 28, 1996, Wilson did not arrive at her family’s home for Thanksgiving dinner. Her parents went to her apartment on Meadowglen Lane in southwest Houston and found the door unlocked and Wilson deceased inside.
$6,000 reward offered for information in 2001 Mason County cold case
MASON COUNTY, Texas – A reward in a 19-year-old Texas cold case killing has been increased to $6,000. The Texas Rangers hope the public can help them solve the murder of James Charles “Jimmy” Schuessler, a Mason County man who was found dead in his rural ranch house on Oct. 14, 2001. A reward of as much as $6,000 — an increase from the typical $3,000 —is being offered for information that leads to the arrests of those responsible, if the tip is received before next month’s featured Texas Rangers case is announced. Anyone with information on Schuessler’s death is urged to come forward by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-252-8477. Individuals can also submit information online through the Texas Rangers cold case website or by calling the DPS Missing Persons Hotline at 1-800-346-3243.
DNA helps crack Florida cold case
(WBBH/NBC News) – Detectives in Punta Gorda, Florida say they’ve cracked a 30-year-old homicide case has using DNA evidence. Members of the Charlotte County Cold Case Unit held a press conference Monday about the murder of Sharon Gill, a woman who was killed in her home on March 21, 1990. Roland “Rollie” Thomas Davis, 68, has been linked to the murder after detectives confirmed DNA evidence connected him to the crime. Davis is currently on death row in Ohio for the stabbing death of an 86-year-old woman. As for a motive, detectives believe Davis is “probably just a psychopath,” and say he could be connected to other murders both in Florida and other states.
Man, 77, charged in 1974 murder of Texas teenage girl
FORT WORTH, Texas – A man was arrested and charged in the 1974 killing of a Texas teenage girl after nearly 50 years of investigation and the advancement of DNA technology, police said Tuesday. Glen McCurley, 77, of Fort Worth, was arrested early Monday and charged with capital murder in the abduction, torture, rape and slaying of 17-year-old Carla Walker. Police had said the Fort Worth high school student was in a car with her boyfriend outside a Valentine's Day party at a bowling alley the night of Feb. 17, 1974, when a man pistol-whipped the boy and grabbed the girl. Her body was found three days later stuffed in a culvert near Lake Benbrook, which is near where the abduction happened. Only when DNA technology advanced to the point where a complete genetic profile could be developed from evidence gleaned from the girl’s brassiere could a solid link be made, Detective Leah Wagner said.