Police still pursuing leads in 5-year-old slaying investigation
LUFKIN- Five years ago today, Sherry Moore’s body lay under a thin canopy of trees in the area known as Lufkin Land, one day from discovery.
Lufkin Police Det. John Petty said he isn’t sure if it was a rock or piece of concrete that dealt the Zavalla woman’s death blow, but an autopsy ruled it homicide by blunt force trauma to the head. While he doesn’t believe the 36-year-old’s slaying was a random act, he said he also doesn’t believe her killer woke up that morning saying, “Before I go home tonight, I’m going to kill that girl.”
Petty traced her last steps to Lufkin Land, a poverty-stricken area off the north side of Timberland Drive. She was known to frequent homes there tied to the drug scene, walking from place to place. Police believe she was last seen alive leaving a home around 2 or 3 a.m. Jan. 13. 2007.
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