Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences

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    May 8, 2014

    Democrats Not Racing to Stand With Wendy Davis

    Davis isn't getting a lot of love from home Democrats.

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    May 6, 2014

    Investigators Are Looking Into Details of Deadly Officer Involved Shooting

    Houston police are saying that the man who one of their officers allegedly shot dead Monday afternoon pointed a gun at the officer just after the suspect was attempting to jump a wooden fence to escape. The shooting by the 7-year HPD veteran is under investigation. The incident began Monday aftern ... More >>

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    January 14, 2014

    Man Refuses Treatment After Motorcycle Accident, Dies Later of Head Injuries

    If there was ever a cautionary tale about the dangers of ignoring injures after an automobile accident, this is it. An unidentified motorcycle rider, 65, was involved in an accident with a BMW on the service road of Interstate 45 South at about 3:40 p.m. Wednesday, January 8. The male victim had min ... More >>

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    January 6, 2014

    Police Investigating Death of Woman Killed in Dog Attack

    Houston police are seeking one of two dogs who appear to have killed a woman in southeast Houston Sunday morning. Two witnesses were also injured when they tried to help the woman, whose identity and cause of death are pending verification by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences, accord ... More >>

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    January 3, 2014

    Matthew Sowders Held in Wife Melissa Sowers' Death

    The estranged husband of Melissa R, Sowders, the 26-year-old woman who was reported missing last week and who is believed to be the body found along Cypress Creek on Thursday, has been arrested. The Harris County Sheriff's Office reported that investigators were questioning the 28-year-old husband ... More >>

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    November 1, 2013

    Halloween Tragedy: 5-Year-Old Killed In Traffic Accident

    A young trick-or-treater darted into the street last night and died when she was hit by a minivan, Houston police say. The five-year-old girl, whose name has not been released, was in the 7800 block of Boone on the southwest side, accompanied by adults, about 8:10 p.m. when the incident occurred. ... More >>

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    August 30, 2013

    Human Remains Found in Open Field

    Houston police are investigating skeletal remains found at 9550 Fannin St. Wednesday afternoon, according to a press release. "A worker was checking a pipeline near the above address when he came across the skeletal remains in an open field. The identity and cause of death of the remains are pendin ... More >>

  • News

    March 14, 2013

    Breaking Bad: Digital Drug Sales, Analog Drug Deaths

    The feds and a prosecutor say a Houston company selling synthetic drugs on the Internet is responsible for the deaths of teenagers in Minnesota and North Dakota.

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    January 8, 2013

    Harris County Seeking Relatives for Unclaimed Bodies

    In the Fox show Bones, unreasonably attractive forensic experts spend countless hours identifying murder victims in a high-tech facility for the FBI. Harris County may not boast the kind of facilities or model-like attractiveness (though they may have a hot lab tech lurking somewhere over there) the ... More >>

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    January 3, 2013

    Woman's Death on Flight Being Investigated by Police Described in Most Understated Press Release Ever

    There is a phrase in the news business called "burying the lead." This happens when a key element to a story is not placed in the headline or even in the first paragraph of the story. Instead, it is somewhere down in the story's body. This can be done for several reasons. Sometimes, an editor just w ... More >>

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    November 8, 2012

    Kirk Pierre Rhodes, 34, Arrested in Fatal Shooting of 53-year-old Man: Bayou Body Count No. 193

    Murder charges are pending against a 34-year-old man in the fatal shooting of another man, Houston police report. Kirk Pierre Rhodes was arrested following the shooting at 6013 Schroeder about 10:15 p.m. Wednesday, November 7. The identity of the male victim, 53, was being withheld pending notif ... More >>

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    November 6, 2012

    Unidentified Armed Man Shot to Death by HPD Officers: Bayou Body County No. 191

    Houston police say they were called to the home of a man who they found standing in his driveway armed with a shotgun and handgun and ended up shooting him dead after he threatened him. Houston police were not releasing the man's identity, pending verification by the Harris County Institute of Fore ... More >>

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    November 5, 2012

    Unidentified Woman Found Dead on Floor in Hotel Room: Bayou Body Count No. 190

    A woman who appears to have been assaulted before her death was found in a hotel room at 425 North Sam Houston Parkway East last Friday and Houston police are investigating. The woman, whose identity still has not been verified by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences, checked into the ... More >>

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    October 24, 2012

    Felipe Hernandez-Ortiz Charged in Toddler's Traffic Death: Bayou Body Count No. 186

    Twenty-year-old Felipe Hernandez-Ortiz has been charged with "accident involving injury or death" in the traffic death of a 20-month old child. The child's mother, Antonia Sanchez Soto, who left the toddler in the care of the girl's 6-year-old brother, has also been charged with child endangerment ... More >>

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    October 15, 2012

    Unidentified Woman, Pushed Or Jumped From Moving Car On Freeway, Bayou Body Count No. 175

    An argument among three people in a van barreling down the Katy Freeway Thursday night resulted in two women exiting the moving car, one with fatal injuries and one in critical condition, Houston police say. The identity of the woman who was killed -- she's believed to be in her 20s -- is being wit ... More >>

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    October 2, 2012

    Unidentified Male In Westside Drive-By, Bayou Body Count No. 171; He Called 911 But Too Late

    Two men were shot early this morning as they sat in a car in front of a far westside apartment complex, police say; they managed to drive away and call 911 but one died and the other is hospitalized with gun wounds. HPD has not released the name of either victim involved in the incident that happen ... More >>

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    September 27, 2012

    Unidentified Robbery Suspect Shot By Homeowner, Bayou Body Count No. 168

    A southside homeowner broke up a robbery attempt by fatally shooting one of the suspects, and a Harris County grand jury will examine the case, Houston police say. The homeowner, 58, had arrived at his home in the 5800 block of Glenhurst about 10 p.m. Tuesday night when two armed suspects came up t ... More >>

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    September 19, 2012

    Joseph Fox, 56, Bayou Body Count No. 162

    A death initially thought to have been from natural causes is not being investigated as a possible homicide, Houston police say. Joseph Fox, 56, was found dead in his bed by his roommate in an apartment in the 1000 block of Henry 5:20 p.m. on Tuesday, HPD says. The location is north of downtown. " ... More >>

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    September 18, 2012

    Female Skelelton Found, Bayou Body Count No. 160

    Talk about throwing a wrench into a possible real-estate sale: Potential buyers of an empty Third Ward apartment complex discovered a female skeleton. Sort of tough to explain away. The remains were found in the 6300 block of Cullen Boulevard about 11 a.m. Monday, Houston police say. They "will be ... More >>

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    September 10, 2012

    Unidentified Westside Shooting Victim, Bayou Body Count No.154

    Little is known about a fatal westside shooting early Sunday morning, Houston police say. Tenants at an apartment complex in the 4700 block of South Kirkwood reported hearing a gunshot about 2:50 a.m. Sunday, police say; when they went outside to investigate they discovered the body of a man who ha ... More >>

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    September 10, 2012

    Unidentified Stabbing Victim, Bayou Body Count No. 155

    A man was stabbed to death in an apparent robbery attempt on the west side shortly after midnight Sunday, Houston police say. HPD responded Sunday to a "man down" call about 12:10 a.m. at the 8600 block of Beechnut near South Gessner. The victim was found suffering from several stab wounds and was ... More >>

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    September 10, 2012

    Unidentified Victim Of DWI Manslaughter, Bayou Body Count No. 156

    Police have charged a man with intoxication manslaughter in connection with a traffic accident on the south side early this morning. Timothy Norman Perry-Price Sr., 29, was arrested after the death of a 51-year-old woman whose identity has not been released pending verification by the Harris County ... More >>

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    September 3, 2012

    Three-Month-Old Baby, Bayou Body Count No. 147

    Houston police are investigating the death of a three-month-old baby on the southeast side August 30. The baby boy, whose name has not been released, died after being taken to Texas Children's Hospital and the cause of death is pending autopsy results by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Scie ... More >>

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    August 16, 2012

    Why Houston Artist Jeremy Choate Really Died (Wear Helmets, For Crissake!)

    Last Sunday, after the din of sirens had quieted, and after one of Houston's most recognized artists, Jeremy Choate, had died following a horrific traffic accident along Studemont, the public conversation turned to the woman who had apparently caused the accident. Where had she fled to? Had she been ... More >>

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    July 30, 2012

    Unidentified Woman Found Dead at Home During Welfare Check: Bayou Body Count No. 115

    An autopsy is being performed on a woman found dead at 237 West 18th St. No. 4 at 11:05 p.m. Sunday, Houston Police report. The woman's identity is being withheld pending verification by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.

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    July 27, 2012

    Unidentified 2-Month-old Baby Girl Found Dead: Bayou Body Count No. 111

    Houston police are investigating the death of an unidentified two-month-old baby girl who died about 2 p.m. Thursday. The infant was transported by ambulance from her home at 11911 Martin Luther King Boulevard to Texas Children's Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

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    July 27, 2012

    Juan Jose Valerio-Dominguez Found Stabbed & Burned in Woods: Bayou Body Count No. 113

    The body of a 34-year-old Spring man was found at 20900 Birnam Wood near Bush Intercontinental Airport about 1 p.m. Monday and police are investigating his death. The victim has been identified as Juan Jose Valerio-Dominguez.

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    July 25, 2012

    Security Guard Shot to Death, Bayou Body Count No. 109

    Police say two men went into the Evergreen Gameroom, 1501 Evergreen, and one of them pulled the security guard outside, pushed him to the ground and shot him to death about 11:30 p.m. Saturday, July 21. The victim has not been publicly identified, pending verification from the Harris County Institu ... More >>

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    July 16, 2012

    Apparent Murder-Suicide in Mechanic Shop: Bayou Body Count No. 98

    Police are investigating an apparent murder-suicide that took place last Friday at 6250 Westward around 6:45 p.m. According to HPD, they believe the female victim was shot by the male victim before he shot himself. The identities of the two were not know, however investigators were told they were in ... More >>

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    July 9, 2012

    Unidentified Man Shot on West T.C. Jester: Bayou Body Count No. 95

    Witnesses leaving an apartment complex found a 29-year-old man found lying in a nearby median at 7200 West T.C. Jester about 2:40 a.m.Sunday. The Houston man -- who had been shot -- was pronounced dead at the scene. His name was not released; the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences is ve ... More >>

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    June 28, 2012

    Local Filmmaker Discovers Unknown Dean Corll/Elmer Wayne Henley Victim

    Local filmmaker Josh Vargas set out to make a movie about the life of Houston serial killer Dean Corll, and ended up discovering evidence of a never-before identified victim. Now he and the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences are hoping you will be able to identify him. Forty years ago, Ho ... More >>

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    June 15, 2012

    HPD Releases Sketch of Woman Whose Skeletal Remains Were Found

    Police are seeking help identifying a woman whose skeletal remains were discovered last November near the intersection of the Eastex Freeway and the North Loop. The bones were discovered by an outdoors cleaning crew on the afternoon of November 30. The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences ... More >>

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    March 14, 2012

    Hit & Run Driver Stops, Checks Damage to His Car, Drives Away from Dying Victim

    Priorities: Some people have them. Not good priorities, but priorities nevertheless. Like the owner of a white Honda sedan, "a black male in his 30s." Police say he hit a pedestrian in the 3400 block of West Fuqua shortly after 2 a.m. today and drove away. He drove away not because he was unaware ... More >>

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    February 1, 2012

    Candy Flores, 5: Police Await Autopsy Results on Her Death (UPDATED: Bayou Body Count No. 12)

    Houston police are waiting for autopsy results before they decide what steps to take in the death of a five-year-old girl on the west side Tuesday night. Members of Candy Flores's family told police the girl fell "from a bathroom toilet to the tile floor where she struck her forehead." HFD paramed ... More >>

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    December 1, 2011

    Female Skeleton Found Near Highway, Bayou Body Count No. 188

    Here's something you don't want to stumble upon if you're clearing out a vacant lot: a human skeleton. Work crews did just that Wednesday afternoon, finding the partial skeleton of a woman about 1:30 p.m. near the Eastex Freeway and the Loop. The crew was there to clear vegetation from an empty lo ... More >>

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    October 7, 2011

    Unidentified Female Infant, Bayou Body Count No. 153

    A two-year-old female found bruised and unresponsive in a southeast-side home Tuesday has died, and police are waiting for autopsy reports. The child was found unresponsive in a home in the 7500 block of Plum Creek about 2:50 p.m. Tuesday, police say, and was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital downtown ... More >>

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    September 12, 2011

    The Mass Confusion Over Whether Texas Medical Examiners Are Legit Without an Oath of Office

    Some people have to take it twice.​When we saw this story about the Webb County Attorney wondering why the county medical examiner never took an oath of office, thus potentially jeopardizing all her rulings, we wondered if the same thing could ever happen in Harris County, since no medical exa ... More >>

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    May 20, 2011

    Brian Greenhouse: Hi-Miler Roller Coaster Death Ruled an Accident

    Jeff BalkeThe Hi-Miler, subject of a wrongful-death lawsuit.​The death of the man who was thrown from the Hi-Miler roller coaster during the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo has been ruled an accident. Brian Greenhouse, 46, fell 28 feet to his death in March, resulting in lawsuits that keep t ... More >>

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    December 6, 2010

    "Jeroni White Feather": Who Is She?

    Update: We're told she has been identified. Harris County investigators are looking for information to clear up the mystery of a woman's body found wearing men's clothes with a plaintive note in a pocket. The woman, 5-2, 100 pounds, believed to be between 25 and 40 years old, was found in Spring F ... More >>

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    August 2, 2010

    Unidentified Victim, Bayou Body Count No. 188

    Killed on the West Loop​A drunk driver killed his passenger on the West Loop Satruday morning, police say.Rogelio Velazquez Morin, 37, has been charged with intoxication manslaughter in the incident, which occurred in the 3100 block of the West Loop North about 6:30 a.m. Saturday.Police say he was ... More >>

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    July 8, 2010

    Unidentified Male, Bayou Body County No. 170

    Dead from a chest wound​A man was found dead of a gunshot would to the chest behind a shopping center on the far west side yesterday morning.Police were notified of the body and the victim was pronounced dead at the scene about 6:30 a.m. Wednesday. His identity has yet to be verified by the Harri ... More >>

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    May 17, 2010

    Unidentified Male, Bayou Body Count No. 115

    Not many facts beyond the most basic: a dead body​A passerby riding a bike in the 6000 block of South Lake Houston Parkway about 9:30 Saturday night saw a dead body, which is enough to ruin any bike ride.Police were called and discovered a male, age unknown, dead from a gunshot wound. The Harris C ... More >>

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    May 12, 2010

    Unidentified Female, Bayou Body Count No. 111

    A grisly discovery in the Dumpster​Things you don't want to discover in the Dumpster: A partially decomposed body.But that's what employees of a northside business discovered about 2:30 yesterday, police say.Blood was seen on the woman's clothing and in the parking lot, they say, but "due to the l ... More >>