Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Equusearch Founder Sues Convicted Murderer

League City, Texas, August 27th, 2014  The founder of a private search organization is suing an alleged murderer for civil damages.

Tim Miller, the founder of Texas Equusearch, (TES) suffered the loss all parents fear the most. Miller's daughter, Laura Miller, disappeared after being at a pay phone in League City, Texas on September 10th, 1984. Miller soon became frustrated with the efforts of local law enforcement and formed his own search effort. 

Laura Miller From Texas Equusearch

Laura was eventually found in a wooded field off of Calder Road in League City. Laura was not alone. The remains of three other girls were also found in the field. A fiend had kidnapped each child and tried to hide his horrible crime in what became known as a "killing field".

Normally, the authorities are responsible for filing criminal charges against a perpetrator.  However, private parties can sue for civil damages in addition to the state prosecuting for criminal charges.  A civil suit can also bring out additional evidence so that the authorities have a better criminal case.

"We filed this wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of our client Tim Miller today," said Dickinson Attorney Wilbur "Pete" Dunten. "(We) hope to give some semblance of justice in this horrible event. We know that nothing can ever give a parent justice in these circumstances, but at least it is a step in the right direction. Maybe it will move the justice system in the direction of a final resolution to the perpetrator of this horrendous crime," Dunten said.

In the process of finding his own daughter, Tim Miller soon found himself searching for other missing people. The original idea was to use horseback riders to cover more territory and assist law enforcement. With success came more volunteers, some of them grateful parents and relatives of those who were found. Soon, the use of high tech methods to search for people became a hallmark of TES. The organization helps law enforcement by marshaling volunteers, through the use of strategic planning and through the use of innovative search technology.

Clyde Hedrick from

Meanwhile, Clyde Hedrick came under suspicion for possibly being responsible for the murder of several girls, including little Laura Miller. The prosecutions are difficult because many years have passed and evidence techniques were not as advanced. 

Hedrick was eventually put on trial for the murder of Ellen Rae Beason. The prosecution claimed Hedrick brutally murdered the youth. Hedrick claimed the death was an accident which occurred while the pair were skinny dipping. Ellen's body was found under a discarded couch on the Galveston Causeway with the back of her head bashed in.

"I feel as though it was Clyde from the very beginning and now he has been convicted on Ellen's death. I have no doubt in my mind Clyde is responsible for Laura, Heidi, and Jane Doe's deaths. And I will continue to fight to get him indicted and convicted in their deaths. Maybe a $110 million lawsuit seems unreasonable to some, but at this time we will find any assets, properties, etc. Clyde owns and certainly do our best to seize any of his assets," Miller said. "And I am going to do everything I am capable of doing within the limits of the law to make sure Clyde does not profit from any books, movies or any memorabilia while he is incarcerated."

Hedrick, who lived on the same street as Miller at the time of Laura's disappearance, is currently incarcerated in a Texas prison serving a 20-year sentence for second degree murder in the death of Beason. The Beason trial was held in Galveston County in March 2014, 30 years after Ellen's disappearance.

For more information please contact Tim Miller at 281-960-6183.

Source: Texas EquuSearch

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