LEAGUE CITY, TX (KPRC/WMC) - The Texas “Killing Fields’ murders have ties to Memphis.
According to our NBC affiliate station KPRC, bodies of two women were found in the fields nearly 30 years ago, but the identities of the women were unknown for nearly 30 years.
League City police said DNA helped investigators identify Jane Doe, whose body was found in an oil field at the end of Calder Road in 1986 as Audrey Cook of Memphis, who would have been about 32 years old at the time of her death.
Detectives in Texas said Audrey Cook went to Kingsbury High and graduated in 1973. Cook moved to Texas in the late 1970′s. The last time her family heard from her was 1985.
Police said the same type of analysis helped investigators identify Janet Doe, whose body was found in the same area as Cook’s about five years later, as Donna Prudhomme, who would have been about 34 years old at the time of her death.
Investigators released computer-generated sketches of the women in December in hopes of identifying them. In the Jane Doe case, using the same DNA phenotyping, experts were able to predict the woman likely had very fair skin, blue or green eyes, blonde or brown hair, few or no freckles and likely had a family origin of Tennessee. Coroners estimate the woman was 22 to 30 years old, 5 feet, 5 inches to 5 feet, 8 inches tall and that she died six weeks to six months prior to her body being found.
Investigators say knowing the identities of the bodies will help them find a suspect.
"It doubles our lead pools,” said Richard Rennison with the FBI. “Without knowing who they are there's just no way finding out about them."
Investigators say Cook’s family did not report her missing but did try to look for her. Her body was discovered in 1986. Until now, she was known as Jane Doe. All of the women were murdered at different times. Investigators do not have a motive right now.
“Killing Fields” refers to an area bordering the Calder Road oil fields near Interstate 45 in Texas.
The bodies of nearly 30 women or girls have been found in that area since 1971. Jane Doe and Janet Doe are the only victims that have yet to be identified.