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Public Safety News
Galveston County Sheriff's Office
News Release
Thursday, April 04, 2013

Galveston County Sheriff Henry Trochesset announces an arrest in the 1984 Unsolved Murder of Ellen Rae Beason.

A Sheriff’s Office Detective with the assistance of the League City Police and the FBI has arrested and charged Clyde Edwin Hedrick, 59 of San Leon, with Murder.

Ellen Rae Beason was reported to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office as a missing person in July 1984 and was reported to be last seen at the Texas Moon Club in League City by a friend who noticed her car still parked there the following day.

In 1985 detectives received information on the whereabouts of Ms. Beason’s body. She then was recovered in an area just off the old causeway road in Galveston County.

In November of 2011, detectives opened this cold case and developed new evidence which led to Ms. Beason’s remains being removed from her grave site and sent to the University of North Texas Health Science Center to be examined by Dr. H. Gil-King, Forensic Pathologist. Dr. Gil-King determined that Beason skull received blunt force trauma which he identifies as a Homicide. Additional DNA examination was done to confirm that this was Ellen Rae Beason remains.

Detectives met with Galveston County District Attorney, Jack Roady who authorized the issuance of a warrant for Clyde Edwin Hedrick for Murder, F-1 and he remains in custody in lieu of $150,000.00 bond.

Sheriff’s Office, Detectives working this cold case are seeking any information from the public in this case or any other unsolved Homicide in Galveston County.






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