SAN ANGELO, Texas – A father mourning the loss of his daughter who was one of the victims of The Killing Fields case has pledged to help families whose loved ones have gone missing through the creation of Texas EquuSearch, a Texas-based non-profit organization that searches for missing persons.
In 2019, the FBI again investigated a cold case that claimed the lives of four women, a case now known as The Killing Fields case. The women apparently had little in common. One was just a teenager. Another was a local bartender. One was a 30-year-old mechanic. The fourth was a young mother. The only commonality between the four was the location of their deaths – a rural field on a dirt road in League City, Texas, between Houston and Galveston.
The case began in 1983 when a young bartender named Heidi Fye disappeared at League City. A few months after his disappearance, his body was discovered in this rural field.
A year later, 16-year-old Laura Miller disappeared, having just moved with her family to League City. She had gone to a nearby store to use a public phone and never returned.
Laura Millers father, Tim Miller, said: “I knew in my heart that Laura would not come home alive. I was afraid she would never be located. More than a year after her disappearance, the body of Laura Millers was found in 1986 in the same field, not far from that of Fye.
Helping families with a missing loved one has become Miller’s life’s work. He’s running now Texas EquuSearch, a Texas-based nonprofit that searches for missing persons. He says his organization has recovered more than 250 bodies worldwide and has also found missing people alive.
During the search for Laura Miller, the police made a gruesome discovery: a third body. But police had no leads as to the identity of the unidentified woman, so she became known as Jane Doe. In 1991, passers-by discovered a fourth body, known at the time as Janet Doe.
Although Fye and Miller were positively identified through dental records, limited scientific options at the time meant that Jane Doe and Janet Doe would remain unknown for over 20 years. In January 2019, the two bodies were identified as Audrey Lee Cook, a mechanic who lived in Houston, and Donna Gonsoulin Prudhomme.
The area around the fields has changed significantly since the 1980s. A local church owns the land, and church and community members have created a beautiful memorial to the four women. Each woman has her own marker decorated with their photos, names and memories.
“We really claimed this area,” Tim Miller said, “We’re changing the name of this place from Killing Fields to Healing Fields.”