Man confesses to murder of woman found dumped in a field

Orange county deputies say a 34-year-old man has confessed to killing a woman within hours of his release from jail.

Dempsey Wade Vercher tells deputies he met the woman at a party, only a short time after leaving the Orange County Jail.

He was charged on traffic warrants, but now faces charges in the killing of 35-year-old Cindy Lynne Tucker, of Nederland.

Tucker's body was found in an open field near Little Cypress early Sunday morning.

Orange County Sheriff's Office Spokesman Chad Hogan says Tucker had been strangled before her body was left in a field on Elizabeth Street, off South Teal Road.

The motive has not been determined.  Vercher's bond has been set at $1 million.

The victim's family says Tucker was a mother of twin 15-year-old girls and an 8-year-old boy.



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Authorities say a woman found Sunday night in a field off of South Teal Road in the Little Cypress area of Orange County was strangled to death.

Investigators identified the woman as 35-year-old Cindy Tucker. Tucker was a Nederland native, but last resided in Bridge City.

Tucker was found around 8:00 PM Sunday.

Orange County Sheriff's Office Spokesman Chad Hogan says whoever killed Tucker, strangled her before dumping her body in this open field.

Tucker's family members wouldn't go on camera for fear of retaliation from whomever killed her, but say she was a mother of two twin 15-year-old girls and an 8-year-old boy.

Sgt. Hogan says Tucker had three recent run-ins with the law, mostly because of drugs and says the murder could possibly be drug related. 

Family members say Tucker was recently released from jail and was working as a waitress in the area.

Homicide investigators will continue gathering evidence and piecing together what happened Saturday night, before Tucker's body was left in the field.

Sgt. Hogan says investigators have gathered a lot of evidence from this field and are hoping to question family and friends about who Tucker might have been with the night she was killed.


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