Police release identity of 2 women found in notorious Texas ‘killing fields’

DNA testing reveals their identities

Police release identity of 2 women found in notorious Texas ‘killing fields’
Audrey Cook, L, and Donna Prudhomme

LEAGUE CITY, TX (KLTV) - Police have finally been able to identify two unknown women whose remains were found years ago in the Calder Road area of League City, off of I-45 in Galveston County.

The “Texas Killing Fields,” as it has been dubbed, is a 25-acre stretch of land along Interstate 45 where four women’s bodies were found between 1983 and 1991. No one has been convicted in connection with the four deaths, and two of the women remained unidentified until this week.

Assisted by DNA technology that was not available when the women were killed and dumped in the killing fields, police have discovered who the women were, and now they want the public’s help learning more about them as they investigate their deaths.

On Feb. 2, 1986, police say two boys were riding their bikes in a field off Calder Road when they found the remains of two female victims. The women’s bodies were in close proximity to each other.

One of the women was identified, but the other has remained unidentified for 33 years. She is now known to be Audrey Lee Cook of Alabama. She was 30 years old at the time of her death. Cook lived in Houston/Channelview between 1976 and 1985, working for a Houston golf cart company in 1979, Harrison Equipment Company in 1980, and Balloon Affair in Houston in 1981. At some point she worked as a mechanic for National Rent-a-Car in Houston, as well.

Her last contact was with family in December 1985. Her body was found two months later. Her associates from that time indicated she was believed to buy and sell cocaine, according to police.

Audrey Lee Cook in 1973 and mid'1980s. (Source: League City Police Department)
Audrey Lee Cook in 1973 and mid'1980s. (Source: League City Police Department)

Five years later, on Sept. 8, 1991, the skeletal remains of another woman were found in the same area by two people riding horses. When medical examiners could not identify her, she was dubbed “Janet Doe.” She was the fourth female body found in the area in a span of seven years, police say. Janet Doe is now known to be Donna Prudhomme, age 34 at the time of her death. She had moved from Beaumont to Austin in 1986, police said, to escape an abusive relationship. In 1988 she moved to Seabrook where she lived in several different apartment complexes. She then moved to Nassau Bay in 1991.

Police do not know where Prudhomme worked, and ask for the public’s help learning that and other details of her life. They say that she was believed to frequent several local bars in the Nasa Road 1 area of Seabrook, Texas. She was last seen in July 1991.

Donna Prudhomme at age 20 and age 29. (Source: League City Police Department)
Donna Prudhomme at age 20 and age 29. (Source: League City Police Department)

The other two women of the four, whose remains were identified soon after they were located in the “killing fields,” were Heide Fye in 1984 and Laura Miller in 1986.

Fye was found and identified first. Police say that on April 6, 1984, a family dog brought human skeletal remains to its home on Ervin Street. According to Texas Monthly, it was a skull. A wooded area was searched behind the home, and the rest of the remains of a woman were found.

Heidi Fye was identified soon after her remains were found. (Source: League City Police)
Heidi Fye was identified soon after her remains were found. (Source: League City Police)

The woman whose body was found near Cook’s body in 1986 was identified using dental records. Detectives worked to identify both women, but could only identify one of them at the time, Laura Miller. Later police found that Miller had last been seen at the same convenience store that Heide Fye had walked to.

Laura Miller was identified using dental records after her body was found near "Jane Doe's" remains. (Source: League City Police)
Laura Miller was identified using dental records after her body was found near "Jane Doe's" remains. (Source: League City Police)

League City Police are asking that anybody who knew or had personal knowledge of either Audrey Cook or Donna Prudhomme around the time of their deaths or has information that will help further the investigation of these cases to please contact the League City Police Department Cold Case tip line at 281-338-8220.

If you would like to arrange for an interview with Lt. Buffington, please contact Public Information Officer Kelly Williamson at 281-554-1844 or email him at kelly.williamson@leaguecitytx.gov.

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