Galveston police investigating deaths on Beluche Drive

Galveston police officers investigate the deaths of two people at a house on Beluche Drive on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017.

A man and wife were found dead Monday in their home in a quiet neighborhood on Galveston’s West End.

Police late Monday were still investigating what led to the deaths.

The Galveston Police Department was called to a single-family home in the 7600 block of Beluche Drive at about 11 a.m.

A 911 caller, later identified as a relative of the victims, told police he had found the bodies of two people inside the house.

At 4 p.m., police identified the victims as Byron Everts, 91, and his wife, Dulce Maria Salgado-Mavil Everts, 40.

About a dozen police officers and crime scene investigators responded to the house on the south side of Lake Madeline. Neighbors who stepped outside to watch the response said they didn’t remember police being called to the property in the past.

Police cleared the scene just before 4 p.m.

Everts owned nearly a dozen properties in Galveston, according to Galveston County Appraisal District records, and was landlord to businesses including bars, antique stores, convenience stores and banks that use the buildings.

Everts had also been identified in The Daily News over the years as the owner of a now-closed topless bar and as having managed coin-operated machines on the island. He opened the Pier Grill and Lounge in the 1700 block of Avenue O in 1945.

Everts and Salgado-Mavil were married Nov. 4, 1998. They stopped living together on Feb. 29, 2016, according to a petition for divorce filed in Galveston County Court at Law No. 1.

In the petition Everts cited “discords or conflicts of personalities … that destroys the legitimate ends of the marriage relationship and prevents any reasonable expectation of reconciliation.”

They apparently had no children together.

Salgado-Mavil had been ordered to vacate the house on Beluche Drive by Sept. 1, according to court documents.

Attorney Bill De La Garza, who represented Salgado-Mavil in the divorce proceedings, said the divorce was never finalized, and the couple had continued to live together.

“He was madly in love with her,” De La Garza said.

Police on Monday did not release a cause of death, beyond saying the deaths did not appear to be from natural causes.

No one has been arrested and police said there were no suspects and no threat to public safety.

“We’re not looking for any suspects,” Galveston Police Department spokesman Lt. Josh Schirard said. “We’re still trying to determine who may have killed whom. It’s not blatantly obvious.”

Contact reporter John Wayne Ferguson at 409-683-5226 or Follow him on Twitter, @johnwferguson.


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Felicia Mendoza

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