Severed Heads of Women With Reddish Hair Found in 2 States

Cops in Texas, Louisiana trying to see if there's a connection
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 28, 2018 8:20 AM CDT
Forensic artist Lois Gibson's sketch of Lake Houston victim.   (Houston Police Department, via Houston Chronicle)

(Newser) – Two severed heads in two separate states, but found with striking similarities, have investigators in Texas and Louisiana trying to see if there's a possible link. KHOU reported earlier this month on the first grim find near Lake Houston on March 24, when volunteers cleaning up litter discovered a woman's head in a black garbage bag. The Houston Chronicle notes that a few weeks before that, a prison inmate also on cleanup duty stumbled across a severed female head in a plastic grocery bag, left along a highway near Calcasieu Lake in Cameron Parish. Those remains were believed to have been outside for about three months, per KATC. But although the two discoveries were made 150 miles apart, the parallels between the two have been notable enough for authorities to wonder if there's a connection.

In addition to being discarded in a plastic bag near a lake, the description of the head found in Louisiana "sounds real similar" to that of the one in Texas, Houston Police Department homicide investigator Michael Perez told the Chronicle earlier this month, though he said at the time he needed more details. Both women were believed to be white or Hispanic and had reddish hair, as well as "good teeth." The condition of the teeth is important, Perez notes, as it could weed out drug abusers. Police probing the Lake Houston case are seeking a man thought to be in his 20s who was seen hurling a garbage bag off a nearby bridge a couple of weeks before the head was found. Perez and his counterpart in Cameron Parish are sharing information as they continue to each work on their cases in the hopes of seeing if there are any more ties. (The mystery of an ancient severed head, solved by the FBI.)

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