It’s been nearly 40 years since the body of a tiny teenage girl was discovered in Iola. And even though serial killer Henry Lee Lucas admitted killing her, Grimes County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Daniel Wagnon says that’s not why he brought the case to a Cold Case Conference of the Sheriff’s Association of Texas.
While Wagnon says he believes Lucas’ confession, he insists the sole purpose of this investigation now is to try to identify her and put a name with her face so she can be returned to her family.
Judge John LeFlore was the lead investigator back in 1981 when Lucas confessed.
LeFlore remembers Lucas giving his confession to Latham Boone when he was District Attorney. He says Lucas knew facts about the case that no one else knew except him. He said he killed her at a roadside park in Huntsville, put her in a Highway Dept. garbage bag and dropped her off at Bull Creek in Iola.
LeFlore tells Navasota News that Lucas called her Cheryl, and said she was from North Carolina, but didn’t remember her last name.
And even though her DNA has been the national database for nine years now with no hits, Lt. Wagnon insists he is hopeful the case can still be solved.
If you think you may have known her, or may possibly have any information about this case, you can reach Lt. Wagnon at 936-873-2151, or call CrimeStoppers anytime at 936-873-2000.