PORT ARTHUR, Texas — League City Police identified two women previously known as "Jane Doe" and "Janet Doe," the bodies of two young women found in the “Killing Fields” investigations in 1986 and 1991 on Friday.
Donna Prudhomme, one of the young women known as "Janet Doe," was born in 1957 in Port Arthur, Texas and grew up in the Beaumont / Port Arthur area. She moved to Austin in 1986, League City Police said in a news conference, and lived in Seabrook in several different apartment complexes.
"It is believed that she was a frequent patron of several of the local bars," League City Police said.
The "Killing Fields" was an oil field area of Calder Road decades ago. At least four bodies were found at the end of this road about a mile from Interstate 45, earning the infamous title. Since the early 1970s, 30 young women disappeared on Gulf Freeway.
One of the victims, Laura Miller, was only 16. Her father, Tim Miller, told KHOU he has searched the property multiple times, trying to find her necklace and clothes. His daughter was discovered in February 1986, 17 months after she disappeared. Miller turned his pain into creating Texas EquuSearch, a volunteer organization that helps track down missing people.
Laura’s body was found only a few feet away from where League City police had also found the body of 23-year-old Heidi Villareal-Frye, who vanished six months earlier, KHOU reported.
The body of "Jane Doe," who League City Police identified April 15 as Audrey Lee Cook, was found on the same day as Laura Miller’s back in 1986 by children riding dirt bikes. Skeletal remains of "Janet Doe," now identified as Donna Prudhomme, were found in September 1991 by horseback riders.
When the two bodies were found, investigators believed "Jane Doe" was about 25 years old and died between 6 weeks and 6 months prior. Law enforcement estimated "Janet Doe" was about 31 years old and had been dead at least six weeks.
It’s believed the women were murdered elsewhere and their bodies dumped. All four victims in the area were found nude, but it’s not clear if the cases are connected.
Both women were identified using DNA along with the Houston-based genetic genealogy company Family Tree DNA. Family Tree DNA said their lab used data files that were processed and uploaded into a matching database, which is voluntarily submitted by customers.
Family Tree DNA told KHOU that investigators were able to identify the two victims within a matter of days.
Anyone with information about Prudhomme or who knew her before she disappeared is asked to contact the League City Police Department.
One man who is serving two life sentences for unrelated crimes told KHOU 11 investigative reporter Jeremy Rogalski that he killed Janet Doe, but he has not been charged in her murder, KHOU reported.
Law enforcement personnel believe all of the women were murdered somewhere else and the "Killing Fields" was the place their bodies were dumped. All four women were found nude, but police still don't know if there was a connection between the cases.
The “Killing Fields” used to be a deserted, 25-acre wooded near abandoned oil wells, but now the land is owned by a nearby church near several homes.
Since all four women have been identified, the community has plans to make the area into a memorial park. Construction is expected to begin next week.