Violent Galveston Attacks and Murders Possibly Related - Serial?
One of 3 middle aged women who were violently attacked in Galveston, has survived.
All three victims’ injuries are all similar. The women suffered from severe head and facial trauma. They were all found partially clothed within a 2-mile radius, police said. The two homicide victims were found six blocks apart, including the latest victim, Patricia Sultan, 56, of Crosby, who police identified Monday.
The woman who survived was found Jan. 17 in an alley near 22nd Street and Avenue K. She may have seen her attacker, police said.
The Daily News is withholding her name because she may have been the victim of a sexual assault.
The current thinking is that she may have known her attacker and this attack might not be connected to the other two. Additionally, there is some thought that the other two attacks might be connected.
Ellen Harvey was found blocks from a convenience store where she was known as a frequent customer. Patricia Sultan's body was found approximately 6 blocks from that of Harvey.
Harvey was found dead Feb. 5 in the backyard of 3915 Broadway by an electricity meter reader, just 15 days before Sultan’s body was found. The bodies were six blocks from each other, one inside and one near an abandoned house, and one very near 39th Street.
Saturday’s autopsy confirmed Sultan’s death was the result of blunt-force trauma to her head and face, Alvarez said. There was no sign of a struggle. Police suspect she died in the house, which neighbors said has been abandoned for at least six years.
Police have a person of interest in the first attack, which could be unrelated to Harvey’s or Sultan’s, who died at least a day before she was found, police have said.
Meanwhile, police urge Galveston residents to stay vigilant and remain aware of their surroundings, Alvarez said. There have been no recent reports of missing women in Galveston, Alvarez said. Police are working several leads phoned in to investigators and Crime Stoppers has offered a $1,000 reward in the case.
Police asked anyone with information to call detective Fred Paige at 409-765-3766.