Police: Woman thought drowned was murdered


At about 3:15am Sunday, Galveston police were called to the 3200 block of Seawall Boulevard in reference to a possible drowning. Officers were told that three friends had been drinking and they had gone into the ocean for a swim.

Officers were also told that Jutina Silvey had stayed in the water with Michael Alicie after the other person from the group had come ashore. Mr. Alicie later exited the water and said that the couple had been swept on to the rock groin by the current and he could not find Mrs. Silvey, police say.

Galveston police, the Coast Guard, and Galveston Beach Patrol began a search of the water and shoreline. At approximately 10:30am, Silvey's body was located on a rock groin in the 3600 block of Seawall by tourists walking along the beach.

Detectives began an investigation and later determined that Silvey's death was criminal in nature, after reviewing physical evidence indicating she was beaten and strangled. The Galveston County District Attorney's Office was consulted and a warrant was filed for the arrest of Alicie.

At 10am Friday, Alicie was taken into custody at 203 Texas Ave in Texas City without incident.

Michael Anthony Alicie is charged with the murder of Jutina Silvey, 49. He was booked into the Galveston County Jail with a $100,000 bond.

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