Unknown teen picked up in 1981 likely murdered by Texas serial killer

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Serial killer investigation leads from Durham to Texas
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A teen picked up in Durham in 1981 may have been killed by infamous serial killer Henry Lee Lucas.

Investigators say a teenager picked up in Durham and later found dead back in 1981 may have been murdered by a serial killer.

The Grimes County Sheriff's Office in Texas is investigating the remains of a 13- to 17-year-old woman who was believed to be picked up by Henry Lee Lucas.

Lucas, also known as The Highway Stalker, admitted to killing hundreds of people, but was only convicted in 11 cases.

Deputies say he admitted to killing the teen he only knew by the name of "Cheryl" that he picked up in Durham in 1981.

Convicted killer Henry Lee Lucas is seen May 6, 1998, in Huntsville, Texas.
David J. Phillip

He led them to her body in October of that year in Iola, Texas.

Investigators say the unidentified woman died from blunt force trauma to the head.

She was 5'1'' to 5'3'' tall with auburn hair and was found with a gold ring next to her body that was made from a 1904 double eagle gold coin.

Lt. Daniel Wagnon with the Grimes County Sheriff's Office said Monday, "This is somebody's relative. She was just a kid. She didn't deserve this."

Even though Lucas led them to her body, he was not charged in her death.

Officers said they believe someone in the Durham area may know who she is.

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Lucas died in a Huntsville, Texas prison in 2001 from heart failure.