HOUSTON -- Harris County detectives are asking for the public’s help in solving a cold-case slaying that has baffled investigators for almost a decade.
Eight years ago an exterminator found 22-year-old Cherita Thurman’s body tied up and naked in her apartment in the 5600 block of Aldine Bender.
Arvis Thurman said she still mourns the loss of her only daughter.
“They said she had a blow to the side of her temple and the back of her head. Her right jaw was broken. They are assuming that one of the blows knocked her unconscious for a second and that’s how they stripped her and tied her hands and feet behind her,” Thurman said.
Cherita Thurman was working part time at McDonalds in Greenspoint and was in the process of enrolling in nursing school, her mother said.
Curtis Brown, who has been investigating homicides for the Sheriff's office for more than 20 years and was originally assigned to Cherita Thurman's case, says he’ll never forget it.
“I can't remember them all, but this one in particular stayed in my mind,” Brown said. “To me, this was a solvable case, and still is.”
Brown said there is a lot of evidence, including DNA.
Now the sheriff's office Cold Case Unit is getting involved.
Clarence Walker got the investigation started again when he asked to look at the files. He writes about and investigates cold cases for HoustonUnsolved.com.
“Based on my investigation of the case, looking at photographs, and looking at the homicide reports, it seemed to be more like a case of revenge with some sexual overtones,” he said.
The sheriff's office says at the moment, it’s best to not comment on whether Cherita was sexually assaulted.
Everyone involved in the case is convinced the killer or killers were somebody she knew.
“She died with her eyes open. So she watched them the whole time and they have no remorse of what they did. I don’t understand it,” her mother said. “We can’t judge them, but they are going to meet God one day, so that's the way it goes.”
Thurman said she's confident that now that the case is getting attention again, her daughter's death will be solved soon.
“You know, when I get, excuse me, in my little moment I say, ‘You’re stronger than that,’ so I have to be strong. I have to be strong because we have to solve this case. We have got to solve this case,” she said. “They think they have gotten by with it, but they haven’t.”
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 713- 222-TIPS.