LEAGUE CITY — More than 30 years after the body of 25-year-old Heide Fye was found in a League City field, her family still hopes for closure.
Fye, whose remains were discovered in April 1984, was the first woman found slain in an area that became known as the Killing Fields near Calder Road.
The bodies of three other women were found there between 1984 and 1991. Two of the women have never been identified, and all four cases remain unsolved.
“I just want to make sure no one forgets,” said Dickinson resident Josie Poarch, Fye’s sister. “I want someone to come forward and admit they were responsible.”
A little more than a week ago, Poarch and other family members attended the trial of Clyde Hedrick, 60.
Hedrick was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to 20 years in prison for his role in the 1984 death of Ellen Rae Beason, whose body had been hidden under a couch in a field just north of the Galveston Causeway.
In a document filed before the start of the trial, prosecutors indicated they could seek to link Hedrick to the deaths of Fye and 16-year-old Laura Miller, one of the four women found dead in the Killing Fields. However, a connection was not brought up during trial.
Poarch said she believes Hedrick knew Fye and is holding back information that could help authorities determine who killed her.
Fye, the youngest of six children, was close with her family and loved her 5-year-old daughter, Poarch said.
Today, Fye would have been the grandmother of a granddaughter and two grandsons, the oldest of them set to graduate from high school this year. Another grandson is on the way, Poarch said.
“She has missed so much because someone threw her away like trash,” she said. “It’s very painful to think that these grandkids will not know their grandmother.”
Poarch is hopeful authorities will be able to solve the cold case and bring a sense of closure to her family.
She said she remains in touch with investigators, and her family won’t rest until they find out why Fye was killed 30 years ago.
The deaths of Miller and Fye were among 19 unsolved cases of missing and murdered girls and women in the county since 1971.
Miller’s father, Tim Miller, founded the Texas Equusearch missing persons search team in 2000 and dedicated its existence to his daughter’s memory.
Shortly before Poarch’s mother died in 2008, Poarch made a promise that she would keep Fye’s memory alive.
“I made a promise to her that we wouldn’t give up,” Poarch said. “I’m not going to give up.”