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Liberty County Texas
December 26, 1976
ME/C Case PA76-0133
Estimated Age Group Adult – Pre 40
Estimated Age Range (Years)20-35
Estimated Year of Death1975-1976
Date body found: Dec. 26, 1976
Estimated PMI1 Years
Height5′ 8″(68 inches)
Location Found Map
WAS L0CATED IN W00DED AREA IN LIBERTY C0UNTY 7 MILES S0UTH 0F DAYT0N, TEXAS – Fragments of denim; size 30 black leather belt
June 13, 1987
NCMEC Number–ME/C Case Number PA87-0190
Male – Estimated Age Range Years 21-31
Estimated Year of Death 1987
Height5′ 5″(65 inches), MeasuredWeight135 lbs
Circumstances: Body Found June 13, 1987
Location Found Map
Decedent was found burned.
Details of Recovery- Charred/burned
Physical Description: Hair Color Black, Head Hair Description2 inches in length, Left Eye Color Brown, Right Eye Color BrownEye
Clothing and Accessories: Camouflage T shirt, faded blue jeans “Levi” button-front jeans, On the Body Jewelry small strap-like necklace with a gold colored earring on it, religious-type, cloth necklace with cloth medallion and a gold color.
May 27, 1989
ME/C Case Number L67564
Male, White/Caucasian, 26-36, 5’7″, 145 pounds, brown hair, blue eyes, year of death 1989
Location: Cleveland, Location Found Map
Subject found beside railroad tracks near Cleveland Texas. Stick found with body had written in ink, Randy with arrows both sides, Honor and Scott Hughes, California, Texas, Arizona, Tennessee
December 6, 1999 – Liberty County Texas
Case Number: U9912002
Agency: Liberty Co SO Liberty
Estimated Date of Death: 1 week
Race: White Age: 24 – 29 Height: 5′ 8 ” – 6′ 0 ” Eye Color: Unknown
Weight: 240 lbs. – 250 lbs. Hair Color: Brown
City Found: Unknown Between Dayton Lakes and Trinity River
Description: Levi’s brand blue jeans, brown leather belt and brass buckle with the words “Bianchi-Police-Military – Sportsman” and the number 3573 engraved on it. Not recognizable, partial remains with brown hair, but NAMUS states no head was recovered. One or more limbs and one or both hands not recovered.
January 21, 2001, 10000 block of Bilnoski Road, Willis Texas
SYNOPSIS – On January 20, 2001, a citizen was operating a bulldozer in a partially wooded area in the 10000 block of Bilnoski Road, Willis,Texas. During excavation, the dozer uncovered dentures and upon investigation, human skeletal remains were discovered. MCSO Deputies investigated and recovered additional human remains. The dentures bore the name “Eaton” and the number 330841. The dentures may have been issued through the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Examination by experts revealed a probable description: Possibly a white or Hispanic male, over 50 years of age at time of death. MCSO Cold Case Detectives have submitted the remains for DNA testing and submission to the Missing Persons / Unidentified DNA database. DNA has been uploaded into CODIS. – The remains were later identified as Feaster Eaton. The Chronicle published an article in 2013 and Eaton went missing in the early 1980’s.
January 12, 2002, 20000 block of Hwy 105 East, Cleveland, Texas
SYNOPSIS -On January 12, 2002, MCSO Deputies met with a citizen that had purchased an iron cauldron at a flea market located in the 20000 block of Hwy 105 East, Cleveland, Texas. The cauldron contained books on the occult, along with a human skull. Investigation revealed that the above articles had been purchased from a self-storage unit in Houston, Texas, after nonpayment of rent. MCSO Cold Case Detectives have submitted the remains for DNA testing and submission to the Missing Persons / Unidentified DNA database. DNA could not be obtained.
October 15, 2005, Peach Creek Bridge at Faulkner Rd, Liberty County Cleveland, Texas
SYNOPSIS -On October 15, 2005, a citizen was checking Peach Creek Bridge on Faulkner Road (Cleveland, Texas) and observed what appeared to be a skull in the water. The MCSO Dive Team searched the creek for additional remains, but none was found. MCSO Cold Case Detectives have submitted the remains for DNA testing, Anthropological Analysis, and submission to the Missing Persons / Unidentified DNA database. No DNA was obtained.
April 13, 2013, the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office received a call that “human remains” had been found along a pipeline right of way located approximately 200 yards south of CR 332 and about a half mile East of Interstate 69 in North West Liberty County.
April 11, 2013 – Male body, white or Hispanic found April 11, 2013 by people on four wheelers in wooded area in Cleveland, Texas. Location Found Map
The estimated year of death is from 2007-2011, and the age is 15-20 years. The person was 5’5″ tall.
December 16, 2014
ME/C Case Number 14-0991
Male, caucasian, approximately 23 years old, 6’2″ tall, 200 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes
Died in 2014
Found in Hardin, Texas in the woods behind trailer park in Hardin. Location Found Map
One key on ring, yellow lighter, pants, shirt and socks (no description), high top tennis shoes
January 25, 2015 – Jane Doe ¼ mile off of State Highway 105, near west side of bypass in Cleveland.
Nov. 30, 2015 – Billy Joe Hughes (WM) DOB 4-01-84 with an address in Cleveland, Texas; found body in Davis Hill Big Thicket off Hwy 105 Oct. 30, 2015.
December 26, 2015 – Skeletal remains found near creekside forest and Gosling Road in the Woodlands by Harris County detectives. Identified as Brian Orolin.
June 14, 2016 – Body found in a burned out car on private road 106 in Liberty County in Devers, Texas in Liberty Texas. Car was known to be in Harris County on June 13. Added: The completely burned body found in a burned out 2010 red, Chevrolet “Cobalt” vehicle in Liberty County June 13 has now been positively identified from evidence found at the scene and by family members as 47-year-old Kevin Joseph Brown from Spring, Texas.
August 17, 2016 – Woman ID’d as Latasha Rucker from Liberty County found in wooded area of Wells Cemetery Road. Homicide.
August 28, 2016 – Skeletal Remains in brush near Road 3556, Grand San Jacinto subdivision off FM1010 near the city of Plum Grove in Liberty county. Identified February 5, 2018 – Skeletal Remains CR3556, Liberty County- Esmeralda Paragas-Nunez from Houston missing since Aug 3, 2016.
April 5, 2017 – Decomposed Body 5900 block of FM1008 Liberty County inside Church. Kennewick, Texas – Female – Identified as Shiloh Hightower, 43, who lived in Dayton
May 24, 2017 – Arnold Lee Coker, Jr., 35, 1400 block CR3737 Liberty County- Found a few miles from his home. Coker lived in Splendora.
February 5, 2018 – Edward Lewis Parker I-10 and Old River Bridge Chambers County, missing from Liberty County, possible drowning
April 26, 2018 – Body floating in irrigation canal 100 yards north of Hwy 90 in Liberty County. (I believe I have more information regarding this male from NAMUS found April 25, 2018 (see below).
April 25, 2018
Male found in Devers, Texas in body of water adjacent to US Hwy 90 near the Liberty County and Jefferson County line. The male was wearing a Black t shirt with “League City Int. Field Day 2015” in gray background paw prints and white and black lettering.
July 18, 2018 – Human skull found and bones close to San Jacinto River behind Old Exxon Oil fields off Old Humble Pipeline Road. Speculation body from hurricane Harvey!?!?
August 2018 – Skeletal remains found Grand San Jacinto subdivision part of the Terrenos Houston development in Plum Grove in Liberty County. – Two suspects arrested.
December 2018 – Top half of skull found on private property at the end of Plum Grove Road in Cleveland, Texas. No jaw bone was found. Believe to be Larry Baker. Brother checked on it last year and the police stated the DNA was lost and will have to do it again.
July 22, 2019 – Liberty County Sheriff’s Office says a hired person on a tractor was looking for a lost cow when he found a body lying in high weeds in the Gulf Company Road area. According to lead Investigator Sean Mitchell, the remains are thought to be that of a man who the land owner did not know well but had been staying at the residence on the property for the past several days. The man was later identified as Brandon Wright.
July 31, 2019 – Two men came across human remains in the wooded area just off CR 133N in South Liberty County on July 31, 2019. Deputies found additional remains today in an area of the woods that had recently been underwater due to the Trinity River being at flood stage. On August 5, a search turned up several additional human remains as well as assorted other pieces of valuable evidence.
August 2019 – A skull was found in the Moss Bluff area, while a search party was looking for Johnny Lowe. Liberty County Sheriff’s Office reported a skull and some other bones have been collected and will be sent to the medical examiner’s office in Beaumont for DNA testing. UPDATE: The Liberty County Sheriff’s Office and members of Texas EquuSearch discovered more bones on a property located on County Road 133 in the Moss Bluff area. Because it was near where Johnny Lowe was last seen, it is thought to be him, but DNA testing will be done to confirm it. Go to this video to learn more
August 18, 2019 – The body of a dead man was found in the ditch near the Cleveland Walmart and U.S. 59. The body was a male who appeared to be in his early 20s. He was driving a black SUV. Detectives were unable to determine the cause of death, and the body was sent to Beaumont for an autopsy.
September 18, 2019 – Liberty County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call around 4 p.m. Tuesday about a child’s body found in a wooded area near CR 142 where they found skeletal remains in a shallow grave.Deputies believe the remains to be those of a newborn child. Tip that cannot be divulged here, has led to the identification of the baby and the mother. Source stated baby was identified through DNA. Mother has not been arrested at this time.
October 24, 2019 – The skeletal remains of a woman and her three dogs were found Tuesday in a wooded area of southern Liberty County. Janet Jamison, 56, was reported missing in July 2019. The remains have been identified as belonging to her.
This is Harris County, but have added it as it is very near where several of the MTX40 have gone missing: A skull, a cross and machete have been found at Clear Lake City Boulevard and old Galveston Road, north of Webster in Harris County. Please take note if your loved one was wearing a cross before they went missing.
The 1995 murder of Liberty County Sheriff’s Deputy Wilburn Agy remains unsolved, and Houston Police are hoping someone in the community will come forward with new information.
August 22, 1977, Montgomery County
ME/C Case NumberPA77-0103
Male, Caucasian, Age Range 15-25
Estimated Year of Death 1977
5′ 9″, 140 lbs, Thick brown hair 12″ long
Location Found Map
F0UND IN W00DED AREA 0FF FM 1097, 1/2 MILE EAST 0F FM 149 IN M0NTG0MERY C0UNTY, TEXAS
Murder of Unidentified White Female
May 13, 1983 – 76 Truck Stop Hwy 59 at FM 1485 New Caney, Texas
Location Found Map
SYNOPSIS – At approx. 7:35 am, MCSO Deputies responded to a wooded area behind the 76 Truck Stop where schoolchildren had found the decomposing body of an unidentified white female. The location of the body was positioned in an area where tractor trailers normally parked. An autopsy revealed that she had been killed by two blows to the head, which resulted in skull fractures. The victim was described as follows: 15–22 yoa, 59” in height, with a decomposed weight of 78 lbs. Complainant had dark brown hair that was about seven inches in length. She was wearing “Shades” designer blue jeans, a tan“Wrangler” long-sleeve terry cloth t-shirt, and white panties.Recently, MCSO Cold Case Detectives submitted potential known DNA from victim’s remains to be entered into the Missing / Unidentified Persons DNA database.To date, insufficient DNA has been obtained in order to enter a profile into CODI
December 5, 1983
Male, Black, estimated 40-55 years old, only skull found on porch of mobile home in Heritage Ranch in Montgomery County. Location Found Map
June 8, 1985
Male, 5’4″ tall, died between 1983-1985
ME/C Case Number PA85-0188
Cimarron Country Subdivision, Magnolia, Texas,
SYNOPSIS – On June 8, 1985, a property owner was working on his 10-acre tract of land when he discovered what appeared to be human skeletal remains. The property was located within the Cimarron Country Subdivision in Magnolia, Texas. MCSO Deputies responded and collected additional skeletal remains, which were subsequently examined by experts. The following possible description was obtained: Probably a white male, 20–40 yoa, and 5’03” to 5’04” in height
October 23, 1985
ME/C Case Number PA85-0368
Male, age 16-36,
Remains consisted of four skull fragments found in heavily wooded area near FM2854 at Leonidas Horton Road in Conroe. Montgomery County. Location Found Map
Lake Conroe, @ Rush Creek, Conroe, Texas, Nov. 29, 1985
SYNOPSIS – On November 29, 1985, a citizen was fishing in Lake Conroe, at Rush Creek, and hooked a human skull. MCSO Deputies investigated and observed that the skull bore writing, which included references to Japanese and World War II. MCSO Cold Case Detectives have submitted the remains for DNA testing, Anthropological Analysis, and submission to the Missing Persons / Unidentified DNA database. No DNA could be obtained.
Crater Lake, off Crater Road, August 3, 1986
FM 3083, Conroe, Texas Location Found Map
Please go here to see sketch and tattoos
SYNOPSIS – On August 3, 1986, at approx. 5:00 pm, several citizens were at Crater Lake reminiscing about their “old hangout” when they observed what appeared to be a body in the water. MCSO Deputies responded, along with the local fire department. The body was removed from the lake utilizing a boat and it was discovered that the body had been weighted down with two cement cinder blocks that were attached to the body with an electrical cord. An autopsy revealed that the unidentified male had died from multiple gunshot wounds. The body has never been identified and his described as follows: Possible street name of “New York Billy” Male / White, 20-30 years of age, 5’0614(approx), 133 lbs, Small Build, Collar length Brown / Reddish hair, decaying teeth (See dental chart-#9 & #11 heavy decay, #10 partially missing from decay. Wisdom teeth #1, #16, & #32 were surgically removed (absent). Wisdom tooth #17 was present), Tattoos-Left lower arm–professional design of small devil with painted tail, Left upper arm–poor quality design of name “Liz”, Right upper arm–poor quality design of name “Baby Dawn”, Left ear lobe pierced, Clothing worn-Levis men’s denim blue jeans size 30 waist, 31 length, in good condition, brown short sleeve shirt button type, double open type pockets, and squaretail. Label inside collar had M-SS, 8-0178-25,“Wilson” written on it. Men’s white heavy athletic type socks.
More stories about Crater Lake:
The badly charred and decaying body of Yvette King, 51, was found on Albert Moorhead Road about a mile and a half from FM 3083 on March 14, 2005.
Darcus Penrice was found on Crater Hill Road February 2005. Penrice, 25, had been stabbed several times and her body dumped along the side of the road.
In March 2004, the body Justin Shane Pruitt, 23, was discovered in a trash dump off of Coon Massey Road. He had been stabbed several times.
January 17, 1988 – Woods off League Line Rd. 2.4 miles west of I-45 Conroe, Texas – SOLVED 2010 as Darrell Wayne Cade.
SYNOPSIS – On January 17, 1988, a citizen was scouting a wooded area for future hunting purposes located off League Line Road, approx. 2.4 miles west of I-45. While walking the area, he observed what appeared to be a lower jawbone of a human. The citizen took the bone to a local dentist, who confirmed that it was human. MCSO Deputies responded and a search of the area revealed additional human skeletal remains. The remains were subsequently examined by experts and the possible description is as follows: White male, 40 plus years of age, 5’04” or taller, with numerous teeth having been extracted. Off-white “Fruit of the Loom” underwear briefs (size 34-36), one possible black slip-on type shoe, piece of blue cloth that may have been a shirt and one pair of light colored pants. Remains were found in a wooded area, 100 yards north of League Line Road and 2.4 miles west of I-45 in Montgomery County, Texas. Remains probably in woods four plus years. MCSO Cold Case Detectives have submitted DNA into the DNA database known as CODIS, which revealed the remains are those of a male, not a female as previously believed in 1988.
October 21, 1989
Male, 35-45 yoa, black hair, right arm 3 cherries
Located on mattress in a wooded area known for homeless activity. Location Found Map
October 31, 1989
ME/C Case number PA89-0397
Dead end of Nekoosa Street within the Texas Subdivision off a pipeline in the woods. Near Texaba Road off FM1414, Conroe, Texas Location Found Map White male, 20-30. DNA available.
January 23, 1994
ME/C PA94-0062/NAMUS UP3791
Male, Hispanic, 5’9″, 140 POUNDS, black hair
FOUND IN VACANT LOT OF RESIDENTIAL AREA IN CONROE. Location Found Map
Wearing black pullover shirt, green and black camouflage pants, black Roper style boots
September 20, 1997, 3400 block of Riley Fuzzel Rd, Spring, Texas
SYNOPSIS – A citizen was making a trail for a deer stand in a wooded area in the 3400 block of Riley Fuzzel Road, approx. 1.5 miles north of Rayford Road. The citizen observed a human skull and notified the MCSO. Deputies investigated and recovered additional human remains. Examination by experts revealed that the skull contained a bullet hole. A probable description was obtained: Possibly a white male, greater than 30 years of age. MCSO Cold Case Detectives have submitted the remains for DNA testing and submission to the Missing Persons / Unidentified DNA database (CODIS).
June 11, 1998, 600 block of Airline Drive, Conroe, Texas
SYNOPSIS – A citizen was walking in a wooded area behind his home in the 600 block of Airline Drive (Conroe, Texas) when he observed what appeared to be the top portion of a skull protruding from the ground. MCSO Deputies investigated and recovered additional skeletal remains, along with a blue or black ball cap with a “Lone Star Feed” logo. MCSO Cold Case Detectives have submitted the remains for DNA testing and submission to the Missing Persons / Unidentified DNA database known as CODIS. DNA testing revealed the remains belong to a FEMALE.
August 6, 1998, 21000 block of Baptist Encampment Rd., New Caney, Texas
SYNOPSIS – On August 6, 1998, children playing in an abandoned house in the 21000 block of Baptist Encampment Road (New Caney,Texas) discovered human skeletal remains. MCSO Deputies investigated and found that the remains were located on top of the ground just inside the doorway. The area was flood prone. MCSO Cold Case Detectives have submitted the remains for DNA testing, Anthropological Analysis, and submission to the Missing Persons /Unidentified DNA database. The skull in this case appears to contain evidence of having been associated with a previous autopsy. DNA could not be obtained.
January 20, 2001
NAMUS UP3464 ME/C Case Number 01A001125
Male, 50-55 YOA, found in Willis, Texas
On 01/20/2001, rep was operating a dozer in partially wooded area in the 10000 block of Bilnoski Rd., Willis, TX–location near Afton Park, Montgomery Walker county line. Dentures observed and human remains found top of ground and just under soil. Possible underwear, zipper, and pants pocket recovered along with piece of belt and belt buckle. Dentures stamped “Eaton” and “130841”.
January 12, 2002
NAMUS UP 3315/ME/C Cast 02A000645
On 01/12/2002, MCSO met with reportee who had purchased an iron cauldron at the Olde Security Flea Market, physical address of 20024 Hwy. 105, East Cleveland, TX [in] Montgomery County. The cauldron contained books on the Occult, along with a human skull and mandible. The articles had been purchased from a self-storage unit in Houston, TX after nonpayment of rent.
October 15, 2005
ME/C 02A018522/NAMUS UP3191
0n 10152002 while rep was checking bridge and creek on Faulkner Rd in Cleveland/Montgomery County TX for illegal dumping, rep observed skull and utilized rope and hook to lift skull out of water. Replaced skull and contacted MCS0 no other remains located in creek. Back portion of skull cut missing probably from previous autopsy. Investigating officer Detective Thomas Duroy 936 760 5837.
April 3, 2008
Long bone and small bones found in MCS0 Impound. Unknown case, unknown location of recovery.
September 26, 2011 – Human remains found in the Sam Houston National Forest north of Conroe. No info on gender, but are human remains.
October 11, 2011 – Skull and other bones found in a wooded area in Montgomery County are human. Montgomery County sheriff’s deputies said municipal utility district employees found the bones about 100 yards from Forest Colony Drive in Porter.
August 12, 2012 Skeletal remains were found across the street from the Montgomery County Jail had a large amount of brush grown.
Tuesday morning he returned to view his work and plan on the next stage of cutting. As he approached a small rock pile just on the edge of what he had been cutting he spotted the skeletal remains of a person.
March 22, 2013 …Patricia (Trisha) Mackenzie found at San Jacinto river ….Hwy 105 and 59 …
March 25, 2015 – Body found Trinity River Bridge and US 59 near boat ramp in Montgomery County. Body placed there and wrapped in blanket, Later identified as female with butterfly on right hip, flowered band laced around waist and two tattoos on butt. Left side had hands and right side had off and hand prints. Identified as Patricia Collins of Magnolia, Texas died from acute combined drug toxicity.
August 26, 2015 – Bones found near Rayford Road and Lazy Lane in Montgomery County. No info whether they were ever determined to be human or not.
December 26, 2015 – Spring Creek on the Harris County side of the creek. Skull with one year of decomposition.
June 1, 2016
ME/C 15-0245/NAMUS UP14071
Remains estimated between 30-70 found in Conroe, Texas
Skeletal remains found Montgomery County, TX
June 30, 2016 – Female Body found near Calvary Road in Montgomery County – identified but name not released.
October 7, 2016 – Montgomery County, Texas – White metal chain with dog tag pendant with “Phillip H Willliams” (three L’s in willliams) engraved on it and white metal pendant with a viking ship engraved on it. Green backpack with black straps, red swiss army knife. 60+year old man.
December 1, 2016 – A Conroe resident was walking his dog behind the Northside Baptist Church on FM 3083 in Conroe. He was about 75 yards into the woods when he spotted a human skull and remains.
April 25, 2017 – Body found along railroad tracks at northern end of Loop 494 north of Comer Rinehart.
June 2017 – Body found 15400 block of Austin Rd in Willis Identified as Justin Preston Mosley.
July 1, 2017 – Body found floating near boat dock in Lake Conroe near Diamond Head identified as Gerald Belk, 89.
September 29, 2017 – Body found South Lakeview Drive Patton Village in a trash can in Montgomery County. Possibly Aaron Phillips or Jason Gilbert
June 6, 2018 – Body found 1800 block of Calvary Road, Willis, Texas, Montgomery County Identified as Candace Nash missing since June 6, 2018.
June 15, 2018 – Body found in Peach Creek, near Big Buck Lane in Montgomery County. Identified as Nael Romero, 26, who went missing after he went swimming in Peach Creek during a party.
June 18, 2018 – Body found in pond on the 11100 block of Highway 242 west of San Jacinto River Bridge – identified as Matthew Dean Johnson, 19, Porter, Texas
July 18, 2018 – Body found Magnolia subdivision off FM1774 in The Woodlands in Montgomery County – Identified as Sylvester Moreno, 28, missing since July 14, 2018.
July 19, 2018
15600 block of Old Humble Pipeline Road near San Jacinto River near Conroe. Remains discovered during pipeline road excavation, partial blue jeans size 33 (possible brand Affliction) Note: Deformity Sagittal Craniosynostosis
July 14, 2019 – The Shenandoah Police Department was dispatched to a deceased male in a small field, located in the 18300 block of the IH45 southbound service road. A witness was walking through the field, returning to his hotel, when he discovered the body. Officers responded and located the partially decomposing body of a white male.
November 3, 2019 – A woman’s body was found Sunday morning in the entranceway to private property in Montgomery County in the 12900 block of Rose Road, near Willis. She was laster identified as Leah Vaughn, 50, of Coldspring.
December 6, 2019 – According to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, remains were found in a “large plastic tote hidden behind a shed” in the 600 block of Westridge Drive around 2 p.m.
January 31, 2020 – A man was found dead with a visible gunshot wound on the 20900 block of Roberts Cemetry Road. He was later identified as Gerardo Muñoz De La Paz. Melvin Yovani Ramirez-Russel, 38, of Magnolia, is being charged with murder.
Tamara Fisher, 15, went with friend Lynette Bibbs to a Houston nightclub and then to a motel on Feb. 1, 1996. Her body was found two days later off a dirt road near Cleveland, Texas, in Liberty County.
The above information was obtained by the Cold Case Report put out by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and online newspaper stories.
Anyone with information regarding a cold case is asked to contact Montgomery County CrimeStoppers at 1-800-392-STOP (7867) or www.montgomerycountycrimestoppers.org
or contact the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Cold Case Squad directly at 281-297-6507. MissingPersonsOfAmerica