Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Stabbing investigation

Anyone having any information is encouraged to contact Sgt. Tommy Ward at the Comal County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Division.

Their number is 830-620-3417.

God rest her soul.

No suspects identified in stabbing death
By Chris Cobb: The Herald-Zeitung

CANYON LAKE — The Comal County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the stabbing death of a woman Friday night at Canyon Lake.Nancy Shields, 53, was found by her boyfriend at about 9 p.m. at her house in the Tanglewood Shores subdivision having suffered severe knife wounds.

She was flown by emergency medical helicopter to Brooke Army Medical Center where she died during surgery.

Sgt. Tommy Ward said detectives are currently trying to determine if her death was caused by a crime. The CCSO currently has not charged or detained any suspects in what it has labeled a “questionable death.” “I know that my mother was stabbed, and we’re not sure if she did it herself or somebody did it to her,” said Shields’ daughter Kathleen. “There is still a homicide investigation going on. We’re waiting to hear what the coroner’s report says.”

An autopsy was conducted Saturday with the results not expected until Tuesday.

Kathleen Shields said it would not have been very probable for her mother’s wounds to be self-inflicted.“My mom was not the kind of person to commit suicide,” she said. “I don’t believe that she could do this to herself.”

Robert Case, the secretary and treasurer for the Tanglewood Shores Owners Association said the incident had aroused a great deal of fear in the neighborhood.“The concern in the neighborhood is ‘are we safe?’” Case said. “It’s just scary for everybody out here.”

Ward stressed that the stabbing was an isolated incident.“It was a single isolated event,” he said. “There was no forced entry into the residence, and we’re focusing our investigation on what occurred on the inside of that residence.”

Shields had worked for number of years as an executive secretary in Houston, raising her daughter as a single parent since Kathleen was eight. She had been recently diagnosed with Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP), a potentially debilitating nerve deficiency.

Kathleen said the disease had rendered her mother disabled in the last few years, which is why she moved her to Canyon Lake to be closer to her and oversee her medical care. “My mom loved me very much,” Kathleen Shields said. “I don’t think she would have let herself leave this planet without telling me she loved me one more time.”