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TX LAKE HOUSTON JANE DOE: F, 20-45, severed head found in bag in Lake Houston, TX - 24 March 2018

Discussion in 'Unidentified 2010 to Present' started by SheWhoMustNotBeNamed, Jul 31, 2018.

  1. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Houston police ask for help identifying woman whose severed head was found

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    Police are asking for help identifying a woman whose severed head was found in late March by a group of clean-up volunteers off Lake Houston.

    On Thursday, the Houston Police Department released additional details about the Jane Doe with the help of the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences. According to investigators, the woman likely had naturally dark hair and possible light or dark brown eyes.

    She also had winged teeth, or teeth that were slighted rotated, on the top and bottom of her mouth. Police say this would have been noticeable to anyone who may have known her.

    A sketch released Thursday was drawn by artist Lois Gibson, who holds a world record for most successful identifications.

    Volunteers found the head in a black plastic trash bag in the 11900 block of FM 1960, according to the Houston Police Department Homicide Division.

    Her head was found on the erosion-controlling rocks and boulders surrounding the HPD-patrolled Lake Houston off a Huffman, Texas-controlled roadway, according to police at the time.

    It was determined by the stage of decomposition of the head that the woman died at least one week prior to being found.

    Investigators have reached out to authorities outside Harris County, including Montgomery and Liberty counties. People from as far as Arkansas have contacted the agency to determine if the woman is a missing person from there, but investigators have ruled out those possibilities.

    Anyone with information on the identity of the deceased female or with information in this case is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.


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  2. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Investigators seek tips in dozens of unsolved murders

    Meanwhile, there's another unsolved murder out of Lake Houston. A woman's severed head was found in a bag in March. Investigators are still working to identify her. They have a sketch but detectives are going one step further. The Texas Rangers are working to create a 3D computer rendering of her.

    Investigators have also worked with the Harris County Medical Examiner to get her DNA into a system that would identify the woman, if she's ever been convicted of a crime. They have also shared her information with a national database for missing and exploited persons, which will alert them to cases where there could be a connection.

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  3. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    NAMUS - https://www.namus.gov/UnidentifiedPersons/Case#/17854

    *Photo available at link - Sample of the decedent's hair showing the darker hair color of the roots

    Sex: Female
    Race / Ethnicity: Hispanic / Latino, Uncertain
    Estimated Age Group: Adult - Pre 50
    Estimated Age Range: 20-45 Years
    Height: Cannot Estimate
    Weight: Cannot Estimate

    Type: Unidentified Deceased
    Date Found: March 24, 2018
    Street Address: 10611 FM 1960E Huffman, Texas 77336
    GPS Coordinates: 30.0155, -95.1232
    Circumstances of Recovery: The partial remains of an adult, female estimated to be White or Hispanic, were recovered from an embankment along a bridge crossing Lake Houston in Huffman, Texas on March 24, 2018.
    Inventory of Remains: Torso not recovered One or more limbs not recovered One or both hands not recovered
    Condition of Remains: Not recognizable - Decomposing/putrefaction

    Physical Description
    Hair Color: Red/Auburn
    Head Hair Description: Shoulder length reddish brown/auburn hair with 3-4 inches of dark roots.
    Left Eye Color: Unknown or Missing
    Right Eye Color: Unknown or Missing
    Distinctive Physical Features
    Tattoo: Permanent make-up tattoos of eyebrows and upper lid eyeliner
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  4. Summer_breeze

    Summer_breeze Blowing through the Jasmine in my mind

    Does Namus no longer list ruleouts?

    Long shot...Rita Gutierrez-Garcia

    Time frame is right.

    Even though the police believe that the suspect did not travel with Rita's body, her body has not been found and it is interesting that the suspect traveled to Mexico during this same time period. Through Texas?

    There are several pictures at first link. At link 2nd down on right shows hair color difference. I'm not sure if Rita's is red or more gold. (1st picture pasted below) I cannot (yet) find any pictures of Rita smiling. (Teeth)



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  5. Summer_breeze

    Summer_breeze Blowing through the Jasmine in my mind

    Longmont police focused on Rita Gutierrez-Garcia suspect within days of her disappearance, DA says

    By Madeline St. Amour
    Staff Writer
    Posted: 08/01/2018 12:11:16 PM MDT

    <snip> According to the motion to lower Figueroa's bond, Figueroa crossed the border at Eagle Pass, Texas, into Mexico on March 22.

    More pictures of Rita at below website:

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  6. Summer_breeze

    Summer_breeze Blowing through the Jasmine in my mind

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  7. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    They do. But you have to be logged in.
    There are no exclusions listed for this doe.
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  8. Summer_breeze

    Summer_breeze Blowing through the Jasmine in my mind

    Thank you SheWho.

    Rita has pierced ears and tongue, according to her missing poster(s) information. Namus did not list these. :(
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  9. MandiH82

    MandiH82 New Member

    Does anyone know if they have ruled Rita in or out? Sure looks a good amount like her, eye shape, nasal shape. hair (in one of her photos you can even see the longer dark roots that blend into the lighter portions). Seems like the fact that her suspected killer traveled through Texas would make the location where the head was found . I would think the family would have said yay or nay on the winged teeth?
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  10. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    She hasn't been officially ruled in or out, as least via NamUs. There may have been some local work determining if she may be a likely possibility, but I haven't seen anything.
  11. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Hi @MandiH82 ! I just saw your post for the first time and wanted to welcome you!

  12. Mel70

    Mel70 Bronze Member

    Woman has "Tattooed" permanent "Eyebrows and lip liner on top lip". "Gutierez'" appear natural. But I could be wrong of course.
  13. Summer_breeze

    Summer_breeze Blowing through the Jasmine in my mind

    New sketch released in investigation of severed head found in trash bag at Lake Houston

    Saturday, April 27th, 2019 9:48PM

    HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- In March 2018, the Houston Police Department received reports of a decapitated human head found by volunteers near Lake Houston in a trash bag.

    "They were cleaning up the bridge. They were starting to pick up trash, and when she picked up the bag, the bag was heavy and she couldn't get it with her little tongs, so when she picked it up, she could see the human hair," said Roger Randall, a volunteer who helped with the Lake Houston event.

    According to police, the woman is white or Hispanic and between the ages of 20 and 45-years-old.

    The Texas Department of Public Safety released the new sketch of the woman on Friday after receiving a total reconstruction from the skull.

    Police are still searching for the woman's killer. He is described as a man in his early to mid-20s, with short dark brown hair and long bangs, 5'4" to 5'8", light skin, and was wearing a gray and black plaid shirt.

    Witnesses told officials the suspect was driving a teal or blue-green Chevrolet Silverado extended cab pickup truck. The back left passenger window was broken and had what appeared to be cardboard over the window. The truck is described as having lots of rust and looking as if it had been wrecked several times.

    Volunteers cleaning up Lake Houston discover a bag with a woman’s head in it. Police believe someone threw the bag off of the FM 1960 bridge above. Police say she was killed possibly in the past two weeks.@abc13houstonpic.twitter.com/o0txRIZr6n

    Investigators told ABC13 Eyewitness News that the man got out of the truck from the front passenger side and then threw a black plastic bag off the bridge. They believe he was aiming for the water, and missed.

    Anyone with information in this case is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

  14. Mel70

    Mel70 Bronze Member

    "Summer Breeze" I love that song
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  15. Summer_breeze

    Summer_breeze Blowing through the Jasmine in my mind

    Murder mystery: Severed heads found at Lake Houston, Calcasieu Lake

    By Andy Cerota - Anchor/Reporter Posted: 10:05 PM, May 10, 2019Updated: 10:36 PM, May 10, 2019

    HOUSTON - At first glance, the shoreline of Lake Houston looks like most inland lakes in Southeast Texas: it’s a place for fishing, boating and swimming.
    More than 100 miles away, in Cameron Parish, Louisiana, is Calcasieu Lake, a place that looks quite similar.

    The lakes have something in common.

    More than a year ago, in March 2018, roughly three weeks apart, two grisly discoveries were made: the severed heads of two women.
    “The cases have some similarities to them. (We're) not ruling out that they are similar, not ruling out that they have nothing to do with each other either,” said Houston Police Homicide Detective A. Barr.
    What makes the cases similar?
    Investigators said both victims had auburn hair and both of their heads were found in a plastic bag in close proximity to a lake. Both are thought to be within the same age range.
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  16. Mel70

    Mel70 Bronze Member

    Thank you for the update. What's the likelihood they aren't connected. Close to each other. Auburn Hair, in plastic bags. DUH! I hope they catch this SICKO. And I.D. these victims. How awful.
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