HCSO: Great-grandmother was stabbed before house burned down


by Tiffany Craig / KHOU 11 News


Posted on December 16, 2013 at 11:31 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 17 at 10:19 AM

HIGHLANDS, Texas -- The family of a great-grandmother whose home was set on fire after she was stabbed to death is desperate for answers.

Caroline Suella Stagner's body was discovered in the charred home in the 800 block of Clear Lake Road.

"My mother was one of the most generous people you'll ever meet," said Brad Stagner through tears. "For somebody to prey on an elderly like that is a sick individual."

It was Friday the 13th at approximately 6:43a.m. when Highlands Fire Department responded to the fire.

After the fire was out, they discovered the remains of Stagner but it would take hours for family to be allowed inside.

"To walk into her bedroom and to have to see blood all over the bed like that and then you're thinking well did she have an aneurysm did she have a heart attack and how did that start the fire," said Brad Stagner's fiancée Vicky Malone.

There was so much fire damage, it's not clear if anything was taken but investigators soon realized the house was a crime scene.

Donna Hawks is Stagner's daughter.

"I can't even explain to you how much we loved her," said Hawks. "She was in her bed and somebody would come in while she's in her bed and do this when all they had to do is run."

An autopsy confirmed the family's worst fear.

"Mother had no enemies this happened to a very innocent loving caring mother," said Brad Stagner.

No one has been arrested in the case and the Harris County Sheriff's Office is asking the public to help solve this case.

Anyone with information is being asked to call the HCSO's Homicide Unit at (713) 967-5810 or Crime Stoppers at (713) 222-TIPS.

A visitation will be held on Tuesday at Sterling-White Funeral Home and the funeral will be held Wednesday.