Alejandra Gueldner, 72, Beaten to Death in Downtown
HPD is investigating the beating death of Alejandra D. Gueldner, 72, of Houston. She was found at 1200 Hardy Street, an industrial area near the warehouse district, at 4:45 a.m. January 17. The victim had been working at the Hilton Americas at 1600 Lamar Street until midnight. She was seen on surveillance cameras exiting the building and walking past George R. Brown Convention Center before turning onto Rusk. According to a press release from HPD, Gueldner normally rode the METRO 50 Harrisburg line to her home in southeast Houston.
Gueldner was found outside a business on Hardy Street by employees who immediately called 911. She was pronounced dead five days later at an area hospital as the result of injuries from blunt force trauma suffered the morning she was found.
Surveillance cameras in the area show there was foot traffic between 3 a.m. and 3:30 a.m. According to police, a witness described seeing Gueldner near the location where she was found at about 3:45 a.m. and the driver of a light-colored SUV was seen on video stopping in the area at 4:30 a.m. The driver has not come forward and police are uncertain what, if anything, the driver may have had to do with the case.
Anyone with information is urged to contact HPD Homicide at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
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