Teen finds mother dead in their home

November 29, 2010 3:11:25 PM PST
Houston police are asking for your help to find a murdered woman's car. They say the victim, Joyce Lynch, was preparing to celebrate her daughter's birthday when she was murdered. Right now, not much is known about what exactly went on inside the house on Yorktown Colony Drive. Authorities won't say how Lynch, 45, died, only that she may have known the killer.

The yellow crime tape and squad cars may be gone but the mystery surrounding the murder of Lynch, a working mother who cherished her kids, continues to deepen.

"It's just sad. It's horrible. I mean we all know each other," said neighbor Loretta Dickey. "We've all been here for years."

Homeowners say Lynch's teenage son discovered his mother's body on Saturday morning. Her vehicle, a four-door 2007 Honda Accord with Texas license plate #CB7W733, was missing. Harris County homicide detectives were called in to investigate. Detectives say they are not ruling out the possibility that Lynch was killed by someone close to her.

Neighbors, who'd recently seen Lynch with a man, tell us she didn't seem like herself when she was with him.

"When she first moved in, she was hi, how are you doing, just happy go lucky," recalled neighbor Beverly Wolfe. "Seems like since he's been there, her demeanor was just sad, afraid."

Lynch worked at a nearby Walmart neighborhood market. Her children are now staying with relatives. Neighbors say the 45-year-old had been planning something special for her daughter, who turned 14 on Sunday.

Wolfe said, "I feel for them so bad because you don't have that time to say goodbye."

Relatives tell us investigators have asked them not to speak publicly about the case or release their pictures of Lynch. Doing so, they believe, could jeopardize the investigation.

Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for any information called in to the 713-222-8477 hotline or submitted online at www.crime-stoppers.org that leads to the identification, arrest or filing of felony charges in this case. Tips can also be sent by text message -- Text TIP610 plus your tip to CRIMES (274637). All tipsters remain anonymous.


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