Eighth body identified in Del Valle homicides

UPDATE: The Travis County Medical Examiner's Office has identified the woman as 28-year-old Amber Taylor of Paige, Texas. Preliminary findings indicate Amber died of a gunshot wound. Her death has been ruled a homicide. Bastrop County has seen an increase in drug related offenses in the past few years.  

Bastrop County Investigators request the assistance of the public to locate a black 2003 Mercedes-Benz C230K 4-door sedan, Texas License Plate FKR-6345.  Physical descriptors for this vehicle are:

  • The paint on the hood is faded
  • The windshield on the passenger side is cracked
  • The vehicle has minor rear bumper damage
  • The driver side front window  may be missing or it may have been recently replaced

Authorities believe this is the vehicle Amber Taylor was in when she was murdered. If anyone has seen this vehicle or its occupants since October 30, 2016, please contact the Bastrop County Sheriff's Office. 

If this vehicle is located, please do not approach it, call 911.

 


 

Bastrop County Sheriff's deputies say a woman, believed to be the victim of a hit-and-run on Monday, actually died from gunshot wounds. Authorities believe it could be drug related.

From eight homicides in two months to drug trafficking Del Valle residents say enough is enough.

"We can't be afraid and let these people take over our neighborhood. I want to stand up for my community, especially cause my children are here and they're going to grow up here," says one Del Valle resident who wished to remain anonymous.

She says she didn't want to be identified but she wants her voice heard. She hopes neighbors will come together to help authorities bring this to an end.

Since Del Valle is near the county lines, Travis County is investigating seven of the bodies found. Bastrop County is investigating one at this time.

The Bastrop County body was first thought to be a hit-and-run. It was early Monday morning when a passerby reported a body at the intersection of FM 535 and Wolf Lane. The victim has been identified as 28-year-old Amber Taylor from Paige, Texas.

FOX 7 obtained autopsy results with the cause of death: gunshot wounds. This makes it the eighth homicide in Del Valle within two months.

"Even the quadruple homicide, you know, shook our community. I didn't know them or anything like that but that's never happened before. What's the story behind that? We don't get any updates; we haven't heard anything about it. Why did it take a woman to get shot and killed for them to be involved," says the anonymous Del Valle resident.

Evidence suggests the vehicle involved is missing its driver side front window.

Further investigation has determined this shooting may be drug related.

Bastrop County has seen an increase in drug related offenses in the past few years, resulting in multiple arrests and pounds of drugs being taken off the streets.

"I mean we've seen the most homicides this year, six currently this year, than we've seen in the previous eight years. Most of them seem to be either drug-related or domestic disturbance related," says Bastrop County Sheriff Rosanna Abreo.

In October, the Bastrop County Sheriff's Office re-formed their drug unit. They have assigned four people to handle narcotics cases. In the coming weeks, they will add two drug K9s to their team.

Some residents believe it's long overdue which is why they reached out to FOX 7 for help.

"I appreciate you keeping up with this story because I watched the other news stations last night and not one of them spoke about Del Valle and the murders that have been going on. FOX 7 is the only one that's been keeping up with this story," says Del Valle resident.

First there was the quadruple homicide on September 8th. It happened at a home on the 8300 block of Linden Road.

About three weeks later, two decomposed bodies were found in a field in the 16000 block of Pearce Lane.

This past Sunday a body was found in the trunk of a burning car on Buck Lane.    

Then early Monday morning an 8th body was found in the roadway near Wolf Lane and FM 535.

On top of that, a woman named Jessica Brown was murdered in June just north of Bastrop.The sheriff's office says she was not the intended target but it appears to be the result of a drug trafficking territory dispute.

The investigation is ongoing. If you have any information please contact the Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office at (512) 549-5100.

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