Update on Incident at 1500 N. Eldridge Parkway
May 10, 2006 -- A suspect has
been arrested and charged in the February 2000 fatal shooting
of a woman found in a heavily wooded area near the Addicks Dam
at 1500 N. Eldridge Parkway.
The suspect, Steven Michael Sherrill (w/m, DOB:
10-19-60), is arrested and charged with capital murder in the
263rd State District Court.
HPD Homicide Division Sergeants J. H. Binford
and E. S. Mehl reported:
On February 5, 2000, a group of fishermen found
the body of Christine Van Osdall, 33, of 5910 Central Falls in
a heavily wooded area near the Addicks Dam. The fishermen marked
their trail leading out of the woods to help police locate her
body. Officers searched the woods late into the night without
success. The search resumed at dawn and her body was found about
7 a.m. She had suffered a gunshot wound to the head.
Investigators learned Ms. Osdall went to the
suspect's house the day before to end their relationship. The
two had met through a video dating service in December 1999. On
Feb. 5, 2000 Ms. Osdall was reported as a missing person to Harris
County authorities. Investigators interviewed Sherrill on Feb.
6, 2000 and collected evidence from his residence that would later
prove consistent with evidence recovered in the woods. Investigators
also collected DNA from Sherrill that matched DNA collected from
the murder site. Sherrill fled Houston leaving his job, apartment
HPD investigators tracked Sherrill to Baytown
and, with the assistance of the Baytown Police Department, arrested
him on May 8, 2006, in the 1500 block of North Alexander, without
Updated: MES/JFC 5-10-06
information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at