Ellis County Sheriff asking for help identifying dead woman

Ellis County Sheriff investigator Joe Fitzgerald is asking the LGBT community in Dallas for help in identifying a body found in a heavily wooded area in the county.

She is approximately 5 feet, 4 inches tall, weighing about 115 pounds. She is believed to be of African-American heritage. She was wearing a black or dark gray tank top, blue jean shorts and white Nike tennis shoes with purple shoe laces.

Fitzgerald said information connected her to Dallas and Irving and possibly to the LGBT community.

Trauma indicates the murder did not occur there.

“Someone killed her and threw her to the side of the road,” he said.

Investigators believe she disappeared on July 17. She made some purchases in Irving on that day. The body was found on July 23 and she may have been dead for five days and was badly decomposed. The sheriff’s office released a sketch of what she may have looked like when alive (above) and pictures of tattoos and identifying marks (below).

What bothers investigators is that there have been no reports of a missing person matching the description of the woman found. Anyone with information about her identity should contact Joe Fitzgerald in the Ellis County Sheriff’s office at 972-825-4928.

—  David Taffet

Another pedestrian hit on Cedar Springs

For the third time in six weeks, a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle on the Cedar Springs strip over the weekend.

This time, the victim reportedly is a 10-year-old girl, but her injuries aren’t believed to be life-threatening.

Dallas police said today they could provide few additional details about the accident. No offense report was generated since the driver of the vehicle stopped at the scene.

According to 911 call records, the incident was reported at 2:35 p.m. on Saturday and took place at 4100 Cedar Springs Road.

Sr. Cpl. Kevin Janse, a spokesman for DPD, said the unidentified victim was transported to Children’s Medical Center.

“From what I can tell by the notes on the call sheet, the child had non-life threatening injuries, but may have had possible broken bones, but it does not say which bones,” Janse said.

Dallas Voice is working to obtain an accident report from DPD’s Open Records Division.

Unconfirmed eyewitness accounts forwarded to the newspaper indicate the victim is a 10-year-old girl who had just exited a school bus from a field trip and was struck by a pickup truck.

Two pedestrians were killed last month on the Cedar Springs strip in accidents involving hit-and-run drivers. Wayne Priest, 55, died after being struck Nov. 3 near Cedar Springs and Reagan Street. Edward Lee King, 61, was hit Nov. 25 near Cedar Springs and Knight Street.

In response to the deadly accidents — the first in recent memory on the strip — Dallas City Councilwoman Angela Hunt has asked city staff to look at ways to make the area safer for pedestrians.

 

—  John Wright