On November 27, 1996, the day before Thanksgiving, 29-year-old Kristen Wilson returned to her apartment in southwest Houston with last minute groceries for the family holiday dinner planned at her grandmother’s house the next day.
After putting away the groceries she went to change close in her bedroom and was attacked by an unknown intruder.
When Kristen didn’t show up for Thanksgiving dinner and her family was unable to reach her by phone, they went to her apartment to check on her.
Kristen’s parents found her front door unlocked but no sign of forced entry. In her bedroom they discovered her body, nude from the waist down. She had been strangled and possibly raped.
Investigators believe she fought her attacker as long as she could.
As Kristen’s case approaches 20 years without an arrest we ask that anyone with information, no matter how small, to please come forward and contact the Houston Police Department Cold Case Unit at (713) 308-3600.
If you’d prefer to remain anonymous, and possibly be eligible for a reward up to $5,000, contact Crime Stoppers of Houston at (713) 222-8477.
If you have a loved one that is the victim of an unsolved homicide please submit their case here for consideration in a future Cold Case Spotlight post.