Cold Cases - 1980 to 1989

Report No: 80052595
Victim: Mary Sorola, 37 years old

Location: 465 S Main
On February 17, 1980, Maria Sorola and her husband were working at Joe and Lupe’s Bar at 465 S. Main Street. Two hispanic males entered the bar, demanded money, and shot Mary Sorola and her husband. Mary Sorola died as a result of a gunshot wound.

 


Report No: 80064819
Victim: Gloria “Lillie” Hefele, 40 years old

Location: 3900 Samson Park
Gloria Hefele lived with her husband in Waco, Texas. She left her residence on May 14, 1980, to go to a friend’s house in Fort Worth. Gloria Hefele was found deceased in Buck-Samson Park. She died as a result of a gunshot wound.

 


Report No: 80192785
Victim: Sylvia Hynes, 27 year-old black female

Location: 1700 E Lancaster Ave
On June 12, 1980, officers were dispatched to 1800 E. Lancaster Avenue. They found Sylvia Hynes critically injured. An employee from a local company reported the following: an older model, blue-in-color van was traveling westbound at 1700 E. Lancaster Avenue. The front passenger door of the van opened and Sylvia Hynes was apparently pushed out of the vehicle, and fell on to the pavement. The van and its occupants fled the scene. Sylvia Hynes died at the hospital, due to trauma to the head.

 


Report No: 80224293
Victim: Denise Lynn Hough, 20 year-old white female

Location: 3900 Freshfield Road
On July 9, 1980, patrol officers were dispatched to 3900 Freshfield Road. They found the body of Denise Hough at the bottom of the ravine. It was later determined that she had been strangled

 


Report No: 80327562
Victim: Lorane Larkin, 50 years old

Location: 4800 E Berry St
Lorane Larkin was reported missing on August 25, 1980. On September 27, 1980, Lorane Larkin was found deceased behind a vacant shopping center at 4800 E. Berry St. She died as a result of blunt force trauma.

 


Report No: 80411638
Victim: Jerry Goodgion, 30 year-old white male

Location: 813 E 9th St
On December 7, 1980, officers were dispatched to the King Candy Company, 813 E. 9th Street. An employee had found the body of Jerry Goodgion next to the loading dock. It was later determined that he died as a result of trauma to the head

 


Report No: 80416182
Victim: Margaret Maxwell, 27 years old

Location: 500 SPUR 280
On December 11, 1980, Margaret Maxwell was found deceased in a ravine that runs parallel to Spur 280, near downtown. It was later determined that she had been strangled.

 


Report No: 80433227
Victim: Cheryl Lynn Tunnel Springfield

Location: 3370 Whittier
On Christmas morning, 12/25/1980, Leon Scott Springfield went to the residence of his ex-wife to bring toys for the children. When he entered the residence he found the victim deceased on the living room floor. It was later determined that she had been strangled. A neighbor had seen the victim talking to an unknown male around midnight on Christmas Eve.

 


Report No: 81032984
Victim: Lester Cole, 72 year-old white male

Location: 1815 E Lancaster Ave
On January 29, 1981, officers were dispatched to the Flea Market at 1815 E. Lancaster Avenue. The officers found the body of Lester Cole lying in the parking lot, in front of his 1978 Chevrolet El Camino. The investigation showed that Lester Cole worked at the Snack Bar, which was near where his body was found. Lester Cole died as a result of stab wounds

 


Report No: 81085811
Victim: George Shelby 65 year-old American Indian male)

Location: 1829 S. Jennings Avenue
On March 12, 1981, officers went to the residence at 1829 S. Jennings Avenue to check on George Shelby, who lived at the residence by himself. The officers entered the residence and found the body of George Shelby in the residence. It was later determined that he had been strangled

 


Report No: 81162009
Victim: Nancy Bay, 23 years old

Location: 3200 Lake Como
On May 12, 1981, Nancy Bay was found deceased in a field at 3200 Lake Como. She died as a result of a gunshot wound. Nancy Bay worked at the Tempo Club. The investigation revealed that she had left the club and was supposed to go visit a friend.

 


Report No: 81392139
Victim: Mary Garcia, 43 years old

Location: 3528 Stuart Dr
On November 14, 1981, the driver of a two-tone Dodge Coronet car struck Mary Garcia’s car and fled the scene. The occupants of the Dodge Coronet car returned to the scene. Some winesses heard some gunshots. The body of Mary Garcia was found lying in the driveway of the residence at 3528 Stuart Drive. It was determined that she died as a result of a gunshot wound to the chest.

 


Report No: 81410007
Victim: Michael Morgan, 25 year-old white male

Location: 3513 Stanley
On November 29, 1981, officers were dispatched to the residence at 3513 Stanley Avenue. They found the body of Michael Morgan lying in the front yard of the residence. A witness reported that Michael Morgan had been talking to another male in the back yard. About ten minutes later, the witness heard some gunshots. Michael Morgan died as a result of gunshot wounds.

 


Report No: 82085416
Victim: Angela Jones, 17 years old

Location: 2100 E. Richmond Ave
On March 12, 1982, Angela Jones was found deceased in a creek at 2100 E. Richmond Ave. Her death was ruled a homicide. She died as a result of asphyxiation.

 


Report No: 82119399
Victim: Thomas Orville Morison, 34 year-old white male

Location: 3434 E Lancaster Ave
On April 7, 1982, officers were dispatched to the Century Motel at 3434 E. Lancaster Avenue. A housekeeper had entered one of the rooms and found the body of Thomas Morison in the room. It appeared that he struggled with the suspect(s). It was later determined that he had been strangled.

 


Report No: 83254209
Victim: Julie Fuller, 11 years old

Location: 200 Handley-Ederville Rd
On June 27, 1983, Julie Fuller was staying with her parents at a motel in the city of Arlington. Julie left the room to take some trash to a dumpster. She did not return to the room. The following day, the body of Julie Fuller was found in a ditch at 200 Handley-Ederville Road in Fort Worth. She had been strangled. Julie Fuller and her parents had recently arrived in the United States from England.

 


Report No: 83379788
Victim: Karen Creman (27 years old) & Frederick Creman (29 years old)

Location: 4825 Mayfair
On September 19, 1983, officers were dispatched to the residence at 4825 Mayfair. They entered the residence and found the bodies of Frederick Cremean, and his wife, Karen Cremean. They died as a result of gunshot wounds. They resided at the house at 4825 Mayfair.

 


Report No: 83436783
Victim: Jesus Nanares 32 year-old hispanic male

Location: 1260 Park Place
On October 29, 1983, Jesus Nanares was shot and killed while he sat in his car, which was parked in front of his residence: 1260 Park Place. The suspects were in a white car with what were described as “loud mufflers.”

 


Report No: 84001949
Victim: Sandra Bush, 21 years old

Location: 4800 Decature RD
Sandra Bush resided with her parents on Cutler St. in Fort Worth. On November 17, 1983, Sandra Bush left her residence in her car. Sandra Bush did not return to her residence. Her relative reported her missing. On November 18, 1983, her 1979 Chevrolet Monte Carlo was found at the bar located at 25th St and Refugio Ave. On January 2, 1984, two males who were hunting found her body in the 4800 block of Decatur Road in Fort Worth. She had been strangled.

 


Report No: 84211918
Victim: Manuel Vargas Soto, 22 years old

Location: 1416 N Main St
On June 3rd, 1984, Manuel Soto was inside the bar located at 1416 N. Main Street. While he was sitting next to the bar, a hispanic male approached him and fired a gun. Manuel Soto died as a result of a gunshot wound.

 


Report No: 84390654
Victim: Catherine Davis, 24 years old

Location: 3404 Park Ridge
On September 30, 1984, Catherine Davis was reported missing by a friend. Catherine had last been seen two days earlier at her residence on Park Ridge St. Her vehicle had been seen leaving the residence on Park Ridge on the night of September 28, 1984. A fire was discovered in Catherine’s apartment after her vehicle was seen leaving her residence. Her vehicle was found on October 7, 1984, at the West Cliff Manor Apartments, 3400 Dryden. On January 23, 1985, Catherine Davis was found deceased in a field in the southern part of Tarrant County. The investigation revealed that she might have been strangled.

 


Report No: 84419922
Victim: Marilyn Hartman, 29 years old

Location: 20700 Sunday Place
On October 19, 1984, some of Marilyn Hartmann’s friends went to her house to visit her. They found Marilyn Hartmann deceased in the house. She had been strangled. She was a teacher at Stripling Middle School.

 


Report No: 84473964
Victim: Kathryn Jackson, 32 years old

Location: 2001 Aden Rd
Kathryn Jackson was a school teacher. She did not show up for school the first day after the Thanksgiving break in the year 1984. Some friends went to her apartment. Her car was in the parking lot. They entered the apartment and found Kathryn fatally wounded. She had been strangled.

 


Report No: 84495062
Victim: Angela Ewert, 21 years old

Location: Rural area in south Tarrant County
n December 10, 1984, Angela Ewert left her fiancée’s house, en route to her parent’s home. She was last seen purchasing gasoline at a convenience store a short distance from her fiancée’s house. The next morning, her 1984 Mercury Topaz car was found in the 300 block of Southeast Loop 820 in Fort Worth. On August 11, 1993, the remains of Angela Ewert were found in a rural area south of Fort Worth.

 


Report No: 84501542
Victim: Eddie Sanchez 38 year-old hispanic male

Location: 4300 Brentwood Stair Rd
On December 15, 1984, officers were dispatched to 4300 Brentwood Stair Road. They observed the body of Eddie Sanchez lying next to a guard rail at 4300 Brentwood Stair Road. It was later detemined that he died as a result of blunt force trauma.

 


Report No: 84518942
Victim: Lacy Milton Hatchell, 31 years old

Location: 4700 Poppy Drive East
On December 28, 1984, two persons delivering newspapers found Mr. Hatchell lying on the sidewalk, a few houses away from his residence. He died as a result of a gunshot wound. His vehicle was found about one block away.

 


Report No: 85006264
Victim: Cindy Heller, 23 years old

Location: 3600 Bellaire Dr
On October 23, 1984, Cindy Heller left a dance studio and went to a restaurant. She never returned home. Her vehicle was found at the Hunter’s Ridge Apartments, 4850 River Ranch Rd. On January 5, 1985, Cindy Heller was found deceased in a ravine behind the TCU Physical Maintenance Plant. She had been strangled. She lived on Bellaire Dr in Fort Worth.

 


Report No: 85035596
Victim: Zita Rogers, 70 years-old white female

Location: 4300 Carey
On January 25, 1985, patrol officers were dispatched to a residence in the 4300 block of Carey. They entered the residence and found Zita Rogers deceased in the residence. She died as a result of a gunshot wound.

 


Report No: 85126017
Victim: Mary Taylor, 36 year-old black female

Location: 2300 Cobb Street
On March 30, 1985, patrol officers responded to the field at 2300 Cobb and found the body of Mary Taylor. She died as a result of gunshot wounds.

 


Report No: 85420666
Victim: Rodney Rogers, 48 year-old white male

Location: 1600 Ballinger
On October 6, 1985, officers were dispatched to 1600 Ballinger. The officers observed Rodney Rogers critically injured, lying on a concrete slab. He later died at the hospital, as a result of blunt force injuries. The property at 1600 Ballinger used to be owned by the Marble Product Company. The area where he was found was an abandoned building which was known to be a “hang out” for transients.

 


Report No: 86005510
Victim: Clyde Bond, 28 year-old black male

Location: 1109 S Jennings Ave
On January 4, 1986, officers were dispatched to the residence at 1109 S. Jennings Avenue. The officers entered the residence and found Clyde Bond fatally wounded. He had been stabbed several times.

 


Report No: 86087440
Victim: “Jane Doe” Adult white female

Location: 1300 Kuroki
On February 24, 1986, patrol officers were dispatched to 1257 E. Magnolia Avenue, on a report that there was a deceased person at that location. The officers found the body of a female lying near a curb at 1300 Kuroki. This location is east of Hillside Park. It was later determined that she had been strangled. This female has not been identified.

 


Report No: 86338629
Victim: Francisco Puentes, 18 years old

Location: 2416 NE 28th St
On August 16, 1986, Francisco Puentes and a male friend were in the parking lot at 2416 N.E. 28th Street. Two males walked up to them and, during the course of a robbery, shot both of them. Francisco Puentes died as a result of gunshot wounds.

 


Report No: 86353704
Victim: Jason Smith, 17 year-old white male

Location: 715 E 9th St
On July 27, 1986, officers were dispatched to 715 East 9th Street, on a report that there was a person deceased at that location. The officers found the body of Jason Smith lying in the parking lot behind the Owen’s Sausage business. He died as a result of a gunshot wound.

 


Report No: 86460840
Victim: Oscar Olvera, 28 years old

Location: 1100 W Northside Dr
On September 27, 1986, Oscar Olvera was found deceased on the street at 1100 W. Northside Drive. It was later detemined that he had been stabbed in the chest.

 


Report No: 86542769
Victim: Noel Trevino,  25 years old

Location: 3000 Loving
On November 12, 1986, Noel Trevino was found deceased in a vehicle that was parked at 3000 Loving. It was later determined that he died as a result of a gunshot wound to the head.

 


Report No: 86609341
Victim: Jaime Trevizo, 25 years old

Location: 200 Clinton
On December 24, 1986, Jaime Trevizo and his friends were at a bar on North Main Street in Fort Worth. As they were leaving the bar, they observed several males burglarizing their vehicles. Jaime Trevizo chased the males to a cream-colored four-door vehicle, where he began fighting with them. The males pulled Mr. Trevizo into the vehicle and drove away. The body of Jaime Trevizo was later found on the street at 2000 Clinton Avenue. It was later determined that he had been stabbed.

 


Report No: 87161476
Victim: Michael Myers 41 year-old white male

Location: 1709 S Riverside Dr
On April 7, 1987, officers were dispatched to R & L Wrecker Service at 1709 S. Riverside Drive. A person had called the police after finding the body of Michael Myers lying inside the business. It was later determined that he died as a result of gunshot wounds.

 


Report No: 88333359
Victim: Carol Preslar, 28 years old

Location: 6125 Bianca Circle
On June 25, 1988, officers were dispatched to the Avignon Apartment complex at 6125 Bianca Circle. They found the body of Carol Preslar in the apartment. She had been strangled. She lived alone in the apartment.

 


Report No: 89528286
Victim: Priscilla Turner, 38 year-old white female

Location: 2900 Rosen
On October 6, 1989, patrol officers were dispatched to the residence at 2900 Rosen. The officers entered the house and found the body of Priscilla Turner in the residence. She died as a result of trauma to the head. Priscilla lived alone at the residence. Her 1985 Ford Mustang was missing. On October 7, 1989, her car was seen traveling at 3500 Macie Avenue. The subject who was driving the car crashed into the median at 3500 Macie and escaped on foot while being pursued by the police.

 


Report No: Dallas PD-381545-P
Victim: Mary Till, 27 years old

Location: 6200 Baraboo Dr., Dallas
On August 17, 1983, Mary Till went out on a date. Mary Till returned to her apartment at 2501 Ivy Brook in Arlington on August 18. Later that morning, she called her workplace in Dallas and told an employee that she would be late for work. She never showed up for work. On January 3, 1984, some hunters found her body in a wooded area near a creek in the 6200 block of Baraboo Dr in Dallas. She died as a result of a gunshot wound. During this period of time, a Homicide Task Force had been established by the Fort Worth Police Department. The bodies of several females had been found in and around Fort Worth. Mary Till’s case was one of the cases that the Homicide Task Force investigated.

 


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