Anyone know how I might research such a thing? I Googled 2854 San Jacinto River Murdered but it yielded other results. The possible hit & run is too broad to even begin a search.Turns out that link wasn't useless. Third result down is this site. You have to scroll down the very bottom before coming across an article from the 6/25/85 Houston Chronicle that includes this excerpt:
So there it is. Pretty much exactly as Mom remembered minus the San Jacinto River part since the SJR doesn't actually run under that bridge or road that I can tell. The "Ward" in the article was a man who was suspected in her murder but killed himself in Las Vegas. According to my Mom, though, Hackett's ex-husband from California was charged.
Eason said his office is also investigating whether Ward could have been involved in the strangulation of a Conroe barmaid in September. The body of Brenda Maureen Hackett, 25, was found under a railroad trestle near FM 2854 by a train conductor. Hackett had been sexually assaulted before she was strangled with a stocking.
So, I feel confident* that the police investigated the matter thoroughly enough to have excluded Ward and pinned it on the Ex Mr. Hackett. Dad just happened to know her.
*I've watched too many shows about wrongly convicted men. I still sure would like to see the case file. Is LexisNexis the answer?