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Public Safety News
Harris County Sheriff's Office
News Release
Friday, September 23, 2011

HCSO COLD CASE INVESTIGATORS SOLVE 1982 MURDER 

HOUSTON – Investigators with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Cold Case Unit have solved the 1982 murder of a young woman in northwest Harris County.

Manuel Pena, 63, has been charged with the murder of his then 19-year-old girlfriend, Sherri Strong.

On Wednesday, June 16, 1982, about 3 a.m., Sherri Strong was found dead at a home located at 10731 Hazy Valley in northwest Harris County. Strong’s 34-year-old boyfriend at the time, Manuel Pena, reported finding Strong hanging in the garage. After the original investigation was concluded, the case was presented as a homicide to the District Attorney’s Office, but criminal charges against Mr. Pena were declined.

Investigators with the HCSO’s Cold Case Unit reopened the investigation this year and on Thursday, Sept. 22, the charge of murder was filed against Mr. Pena. He was taken into custody Thursday afternoon.

This is the eighth case solved by the HCSO’s Cold Case Unit since it was reconstituted in 2009 by Sheriff Garcia.




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