Rio Grande Valley Friends and Families of Murdered Children


This database will consist of unsolved homicides.  The Rio Grande Valley database will be composed of the four-county area: 1) Hidalgo, 2) Cameron, 3) Starr and 4) Willacy counties. All victims are submitted by law enforcement or the victims' families. Additional counties will be added to this database as time and funding permit. Keeping your loved one's case in the PUBLIC EYE is a good thing.

To submit your loved one for consideration please Fill out form Case Summary Form. Rio Project Cold Case is not a private investigative firm.


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1 cases found.
CCR: Unknown
Date Reported: December 8, 1993
Name Carol Reed
Age 18
Gender Female
Race Hispanic/Latino
Name Unknown
Offense Murder
Cause Ligature/Strangulation
Location Unknown
Status Unsolved
Incident location FM Road 1421 South of Highway 77/83
Brownsville Texas, 78520
L.E.A Cameron County Sheriff's Office

Cold Case Spotlight

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (ValleyCentral) — A single teen mother raising her 9-month-old baby while attending high school was strangled and left on the side of the road for passerby to find; murder remains unsolved 27 years later. Carol Reed, 18, was seen for the last time on Monday, December 7, 1993. Reed’s body was found a day later by highway crews on the outskirts of Brownsville off of FM Road 1421 South of Highway 77/83, according to a release from Cameron County Sheriff Eric Garza. With no identification and semi-nude, Carol’s belongings were aired on local news stations for her family and friends to soon receive heartbreaking news with the masses. The Hanna High School senior’s body was found with only a pair of tennis shorts on with a Mickey Mouse watch. Foul play was instantly suspected, Brownsville PD reported to the Valley Morning Star that Reed was believed to have been strangled. Police adding that “the woman [Carol Reed] had bruises and marks around her neck.” On December 10, 1993, officials confirmed in a preliminary autopsy report that she had been strangled.