Mayor's Office Press Release

Mayor Sylvester Turner Joins Victim's Family and Crime Stoppers Houston to Announce Reward Increase to Find Murder Suspects

Watch the full news conference with Mayor Turner, the Mikeska family, Crime Stoppers and the Houston Police Department

June 21, 2021 -- Mayor Sylvester Turner joined the family of murder victim Elsa Mikeska today to announce that he has raised additional reward money for information leading to an arrest and conviction of the person who murdered the 62-year-old wife, mother and grandmother.

The mayor and Mikeska family were joined by Crime Stoppers of Houston CEO Rania Mankarious and Houston Police Department Chief Finner.

"I have raised an additional $10,000 to add to the existing $5,000 reward offered by Crime Stoppers. Someone knows something, and the money will serve as an incentive to bring peace and closure to this grieving family," said Mayor Turner. "All of us need to participate in the resolution of crime. We all have a role to play."

According to HPD, Ms. Mikeska arrived at the Life Fit Gym on Fuqua at approximately 4:51 am on June 17, 2021. As she walked toward the entrance, a white Chevrolet SUV pulled in and parked a few spots away. Two suspects got out of the SUV and called out to Ms. Mikeska, who ran toward the gym entrance. That is when one suspect fired a shot.

"It was a heinous crime, and we want to find the shooter and his accomplices and get them arrested, tried, and convicted," said Mayor Turner.

Along with making the total reward available up to $15,000 to solve the Mikeska case, Mayor Turner announced that local businesses have generously donated another $25,000 to help identify suspects in unsolved murder cases identified by HPD.

Crime Stoppers may pay up to $15,000 for information leading to the charging and/or arrest of the suspect in this case. Information may be reported by calling 713-222-TIPS (8477), submitted online at or through the Crime Stoppers mobile app. Only tips and calls DIRECTLY TO Crime Stoppers are anonymous and eligible for a cash reward.