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Clark murder probe stalls in DPS crime-lab backlog




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January 5, 2010 | 7,248 views | 30 comments

LA VERNIA -- On Jan. 19, six months will have passed since 50-year-old Sylvia Perez Clark was found dead in her home on Twin Oaks Drive south of here. The murder shocked residents here, prompting Neighborhood Watch meetings and more.

Wilson County residents had not seen the likes of such a crime since exactly 11 years earlier when 66-year-old Gloria Flores was shot to death outside her home on F.M. 1303 near the intersection of C.R. 155 northwest of Floresville. Flores’ murder remains unsolved.

As of Dec. 29, no one has been charged in connection with Clark’s murder, said Wilson County Sheriff Joe D. Tackitt Jr. The Wilson County Sheriff’s Office and the Texas Rangers are investigating the case.

Evidence collected from the crime scene was sent to various Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) crime laboratories for further analysis. But as of Dec. 29, Tackitt said there is no word on when those analyses will be complete.

According to its Web site, DPS maintains 12 labs throughout the state, with the nearest labs located in Austin and Corpus Christi. As with the rest of the labs, these two have suffered from a case backlog.

“We do have backlogs; the length of time analysis takes depends on what they’re analyzing for,” DPS spokesman Tela Mange said Dec. 30. “DNA right now can take as long as eight months; firearms analysis can take 12.”

Efforts are under way to ease the backlog, with the expansion of laboratory space and the hiring of additional forensic scientists.

“However, both take time -- it takes about a year to get someone trained up -- to start making a difference,” Mange said.

Clark’s autopsy, which was performed July 21, revealed that the married mother of one had died of “asphyxia and multiple blunt-force injuries.”

The initial police call to report Clark’s death was made by her husband, Gary, who said he returned from San Antonio to find his wife’s lifeless body lying in a hallway in their home.

Numerous interviews have been conducted in the months following Clark’s murder. Items including a lawn mower and a small safe have been seized for analysis.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office at 830-393-2535 or Crime Stoppers of Wilson County at 830-393-INFO (4636). Calls to Crime Stoppers remain anonymous and can yield a cash reward if tips lead to an arrest and conviction.
 

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Mr. Tibbs  
Floresville  
July 3, 2013 11:54am
 
What is the status of the Lambeck killings.... why does this sheriff dept. never seem to solve or keep public informed of investigations. Sometimes if you shake the tree you might get something to drop... This crime was so recent ... More ›

 
SLOW  
Adkins, TX  
July 3, 2013 8:22am
 
Starting to seem like that Eric !!! so sad..... This poor woman was viciously attacked and murdered in her own home. It's just a shame that there aren't any leads. SMH !

 
Eric  
Floresville  
July 2, 2013 9:53pm
 
It's common for a murder to go unsolved in wilson county.

 
SLOW  
Adkins, TX  
July 2, 2013 4:17pm
 
WOW! 4 years have now passed with no arrest. So sad....

 
Chieftuk  
SA  
January 14, 2010 8:38pm
 
It is most unfortunate that of the 25 comments, over half of them have absolutely nothing to do with Mr. Gibbs' story about this the murder...hasn't her family suffered enough????

 
Rock'n chair Rambler  
Over Taxed, TX  
January 11, 2010 6:10pm
 
"I guess we can say case closed on this subject of discrimination of women. Way to go men." Thank you, Ma'am. Anytime you need to get the job done right, call a man….that is, if you can still find one.

 
sharon buhrts  
la vernia, TX  
January 11, 2010 3:58pm
 
Rock'n Rambler doesn't seem to think women can and do get injustice from a male dominate society. On anther article (New law: Cigarettes sold in Texas must be "fire-safe")he commented about Hutchinson and said ... More ›

 
retiredinlavernia  
lavernia  
January 11, 2010 7:43am
 
SMCB I agree with your post as I am a father of both a son and a daughter and I have to admit that I have helped my daughter perhaps more than my son over the years due mostly I beileved because she needed my help more but what ... More ›

 
SMCB  
La Vernia  
January 11, 2010 7:31am
 
As this is a blog area to express individual thoughts ... ...I do not feel that women expressing concerns over crimes against women is "off subject" when this article is about a crime against a woman. Just a thought...If ... More ›

 
retiredinlavernia  
lavernia  
January 11, 2010 6:09am
 
Maybe I have missed some news but has it been reported that the person who took the life of Ms Clark is Male? From what I have read it appears that Ms.Clark knew the murderer as there was no signs of break in so physical strenght ... More ›

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