UPDATE: Suspect Arrested, Charged in Woman's Death at 1919 Runnels
November 4, 2015 - Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in the death of a woman found at 1919 Runnels about 11 a.m. on January 26.
The suspect, Harold James Lowdins (b/m, 44), is charged with murder in the 339th State District Court. He is accused in the death of Bridgette Danelle Mercer, 41, believed to be homeless.
A photo of suspect Lowdins is attached to this news release.
HPD Homicide Division Sergeant S. Murdock and Senior Police Officer B. Evans reported:
HPD patrol officers responded to a call regarding a possible deceased female at the above address and found Ms. Mercer deceased in a shallow drainage canal. The area was within a small homeless camp.
A preliminary investigation developed forensic evidence that was entered into the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) and a profile was developed. Lowdins was initially questioned by investigations and, at that time, a DNA sample was taken.
Further investigation and results from CODIS identified Lowdins as the suspect in this case and a murder charge was filed. He was taken into custody on Monday (November 2) without incident.
Harold James Lowdins
Update: VHS/JFC 11-4-15
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