SWEENY — Two years ago, Peggy Sue Carpenter was strangled to death in her manufactured home in the 6100 block of CR 924 and police still don’t know who did it or why, Brazoria County Sheriff’s Office officials said.
“The longer it goes, the worse it gets for us, but I still think there are people that know exactly what happened — they’re just not willing to come forward,” Brazoria County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Chris Kincheloe said.
An anonymous 911 call about an unresponsive woman led deputies to the scene just before midnight May 30, 2017, The Facts previously reported. Investigators don’t know who placed the call.
A week later, an autopsy performed by the Galveston County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed the 47-year-old woman died of asphyxiation by strangulation, The Facts reported in 2017.
“I think that it’s time that somebody comes forward and tells the truth as to what happened to the lady,” Kincheloe said. “She didn’t deserve what happened to her. I think it’s time the case is solved but we can’t do that without any new info.”
It is common for people to avoid cooperating with murder investigations or refuse to share information, Kincheloe said. The longer the case goes unsolved, the longer her family goes without answers.
“The person who did this, they’re the ones who have to sleep with this every night,” lead BCSO investigator Jarrad Norris said. “It’s time to admit it and time to get the family some closure.”
Over the past two years, most of the leads the Brazoria County Sheriff’s Office has received on the case have been speculation, Norris said. Of the leads investigators received which they were actually able to look into, those haven’t panned out, officials said.
“There’s at least one person who knows exactly what happened,” Kincheloe repeated. “That being said, there’s other people who know.”
Investigators will keep looking into every lead received where possible, Norris said. There are several possible suspects, Kincheloe said, but the team needs solid evidence one way or another.
“I’ve always believed it was somebody that knew her,” Norris said.
Carpenter was laid to rest June 5, 2017, and is survived by her children and parents, according to her obituary.
If anyone has any information about this case, investigators urge them to contact Brazoria County Crime Stoppers at 800-460-2222. Tips can be made anonymously and be submitted via the P3 Tips app, downloadable via the Google Play and Apple Apps stores on any smartphone.