Texas man may have solved daughter’s 1984 murder

Texas EquuSearch founder Tim Miller believes Clyde Hedrick, left, is responsible for the murder of his daughter, Laura.

(Galveston County Sheriff’s Office/Texas EquuSearch)

A Texas man who launched a search-and-recovery team has determined that the remains of more than 200 people have finally solved his own daughter’s murder.

Tim Miller, the founder of the nonprofit Texas EquuSearch Mounted Search and recovery, has worked to find the killer of his daughter since Laura Miller was abducted and murdered in north Galveston County, Texas, in 1984 at the age of 16.

Laura was the last living seen on Sept. 10, 1984, when she went to a phone booth at a gas station, because the family had moved to a new house in League City, Texas and their phone lines were not set up yet.

“There is one thing worse than having a murdered child,” he told the Houston Press in 2015. “And that is probably knowing that your child is out there dead somewhere and never be able to say goodbye.”

League City is located between Houston and Galveston along Interstate 45, where at least 30 women and girls were kidnapped, raped and murdered between the years 1970 and 2000 by different killers.

Tim Miller, the founder of the nonprofit Texas EquuSearch Mounted Search and recovery, is to work to find the killer of his daughter.

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Miller told The Guardian that the police investigators initially treated her disappearance as a runaway or suicide.

Months before Laura disappeared, a few in League City to find their dog playing with a human skull on 4 April 1984. The authorities later identified the skull as belonging to Heidi End, a local waitress who has disappeared with the use of the same telephone booth as Laura in October 1983.

The authorities later found the rest of the body in an oil field off Interstate 45.


Miller told The Guardian he asked the police in time to control or to the field for his daughter, because of the connection of the two with the same phone booth, but was dismissed at the time.

Boys ride dirtbikes in the same oil field, and two years later came a body propped up under a tree near the place where the End was found, and also came across the skeleton of Laura Miller.

Laura Miller was last alive seen on Sept. 10, 1984.

(Texas EquuSearch)

Miller, now 71, told The Guardian he believed that a man who lived on the road from the Millers before they moved to League City can be in the event of his daughter’s murder.

Clyde Hedrick had recently served a short period in prison for an incident that took place in the same year Laura was killed, when he was convicted of abuse of a woman’s corpse, according to the Guardian.

Hedrick claimed the woman, Ellen Beason, drowned when they were swimming together, and he freaked out and hid her body in panic. The Galveston County Medical Examiner said at the time that Beason is the cause of death was indeterminable, and Hedrick was convicted only of abuse of a corpse, a small offence, and sentenced to a year in prison.

Clyde Hedrick is currently serving 20 years in prison for manslaughter.

(Galveston County Sheriff’s Office )

Almost 30 years later, the researchers conducted a different study of Beason’s body and discovered she died from blunt force trauma to the head. Hedrick was arrested for her murder in 2013 and was eventually convicted and sentecned to 20 years in prison.


Hedrick, who is serving time in a Texas prison, has continued to deny any involvement in the death of Laura and the other two women.

“Miller got a lot of people to think that I have the League City Killing Field Serial Killer,” he told The Guardian, the charging of the Miller is always looking for the point of the fault. “I’m the fourth guy said he got it. All of us caused the death of his daughter. Come on. [I want] this nightmare over and behind me!”

Miller told the Guardian he just wants Hedrick to confess to the killing of his daughter and the other murders, in addition to the identification of the other bodies found in the field.

Travis Fedschun is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @travfed

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