Police: Similiarities between murders of 3 women

Carol Flood, 62, Raquel A. Mundy, 24, and Reita L. Long, 52, were all found strangled in downtown Houston since June.

November 1, 2010 3:38:46 PM PDT
Houston police are trying to determine if the strangulations of three women in downtown Houston since June are related. At a news conference Monday, investigators said there is no evidence at this time suggesting the three incidents are related, but that they are awaiting DNA test results to help determine if the cases are connected or not.

On June 17, Raquel A. Mundy, 24, took her mother to the Greyhound bus station at 2121 Main Street and parked her vehicle at a nearby fast food restaurant closed for business at the time. Her vehicle was towed.

Mundy was last seen at the bus station talking with an unknown Hispanic male about 2am. She was found about 4:30pm the next day in the 300 block of St Charles Street. It is unknown how Mundy traveled from the bus station to where she was found. Her body was found partially nude.

On September 30, Reita L. Long, 52, a homeless woman in the downtown area, was found about 6:20am at 1700 San Jacinto, on steps outside the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. Her body was found fully clothed.

On October 10, Carol Flood, 62, also believed to be homeless in the downtown area, was found behind the old YMCA building at 1600 Louisiana about 5:10pm. She was last seen about 3:45pm the previous day at the Grand Palace Theater at 3839 Weslayan. Flood left the theater sometime between 9 and 9:30pm. Police say she was found nude from the waist down.

But so far police are not sure if any of the cases are connected.

"I'm not going to get into possibilities because we don't know. We're dealing with facts and to make sure that we have something concrete. And right now we don't have anything," said Lt. Humberto Lopez with HPD Homicide.

Police told us they expect DNA results within a couple of weeks.

Anyone with information on any or all of these incidents is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS. Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $5,000 reward in each of the cases for anyone providing information leading to an arrest and conviction of a suspect.


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