Composite Sketch in 1990 Murder Case Released

composite sketch of a suspectMay 19, 2008 - Houston police homicide investigators have released a composite sketch of a suspect wanted in the murders of a man and a woman found in a wooded area near Enclave Parkway in August 1990.

The suspect is described only as a white male in his mid 30s, 6 feet tall and weighing 180 pounds. He has brown hair, a possible mustache and was wearing a dark shirt and pants similar to a work uniform.

The victims, Cheryl Lynn Henry, 22 and Garland Andrew (Andy) Atkinson, 21, were found in a wooded area near Enclave Parkway. Both suffered stab wounds to the throat and died at the scene. Autopsy results confirmed Ms. Henry had been sexually assaulted.

On the night of August 22, 1990, Ms. Henry and her sister met Mr. Atkinson at Bayou Mama's nightclub on Westheimer at South Gessner. Neither Henry nor Atkinson was seen the next day, so a missing person’s report was filed with the HPD. Later that day, the two were found by a security guard conducting random patrols. Atkinson was found tied to and sitting next to a tree, about 100 yards away from Ms. Henry.

Utilizing the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS), investigators were able to match DNA at the Enclave Parkway scene with DNA from a sexual assault at 7826 Terra Cotta on June 20, 1990, investigated by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. The suspect's actions in the Terra Cotta attack and what is known from Enclave Parkway are similar and considered crucial to the ultimate identification of the suspect. In the Terra Cotta incident, the victim was robbed and sexually assaulted, but in Enclave Parkway neither victim was robbed.

Anyone with information on either attack or related incidents is urged to contact Officer Michael Miller of the HPD Homicide Division Cold Case Squad at 713-308-3600.

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