Couple found dead in park

September 10, 2009 8:51:24 PM PDT
Some people on their morning walk made a gruesome discovery at a local park by stumbling upon a double murder scene. For resident Ray LaSoya and his daughter, Bay Street Park is a sanctuary.

"She likes to come out here and swing, watch the ducks and turtles," said LaSoya.

On Thursday morning, this sanctuary was a crime scene after two people were found dead.

"I don't know what to think about it," said LaSoya. "It's hard to hear something like happening in our little town of ours."

Walkers out for their morning exercise discovered two bodies next to a picnic table. The victims were lying on the ground. Both had been shot and possibly beaten. By early Thursday afternoon, a nearby family was grieving.

"I just hope he's in a better place now," said a relative of one of the victims.

Texas City police identified the victims as Autumn Istre, 18, and Delmus Wiggins, 28. Friends and family called him "Romeo." He had his troubles, but nephew Denzel Boyd wasn't prepared for something like this.

"That was my father figure. That was the only person I had to talk to," said Boyd.

Police say Wiggins had recently been seen driving a car that had been reported stolen. They're looking for the maroon 2000 Dodge Intrepid with Texas license plate SMC 899. They hope it will help answer some questions. They don't know the motive, don't have a murder weapon and are hoping for some help.

"At this time, we do believe the crime scene is the park, at the picnic tables. However, we don't know how they got there. We are still looking for a vehicle where they were, if they walked there, if they rode a bicycle, exactly how they got there," said Capt. Brian Goetschius of the Texas City Police Department. "They were somewhere before they went there, so hopefully whoever dropped them off or was with them or they left their house and walked there, that they will come forward and help us out."

Both the victims were fully clothed and had several injuries. hey believe the two people were killed at the park sometime in the middle of the night. Police say it was a violent crime scene, in stark contrast to the peaceful park.

Texas City police want to hear from you if you can help them solve this crime. Their phone number is 409-643-5723.

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