POSTED: Friday, September 24, 2010 - 7:59am
UPDATED: Friday, September 24, 2010 - 10:42am
‘It was all I had of her,’ woman says of stolen items that were to be trial evidence
A Houston woman is outraged over what she calls "despicable" action by the Houston Police Department, which disposed of the last of her dead daughter's personal belongings without notifying her.
Sharon Russell said she wanted to keep the items — including a silver ring, laptop computer, personal papers and more than 200 music CDs — in memory of her daughter, Tara Sganga, who mysteriously drowned three years ago in her northwest Houston apartment.
"I'm irate," said Russell, who is considering filing a lawsuit against the department.
HPD officials acknowledged that something might have gone wrong with their property procedures and have launched an internal affairs investigation to figure out what happened.
The belongings, along with Sganga's 2006 Dodge Durango, were stolen from her apartment nine days after she died.
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