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Woman killed in Texas had local ties

August 30, 2000

Woman killed in Texas had local ties



By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI / Staff Writer


EL PASO, TEXAS - Texas authorities are asking for help in locating family members of a woman with possible ties to Hagerstown who died in El Paso Aug. 12.

Patsy Lorraine Wilson, 53, died when she was struck by two vehicles while trying to cross a busy El Paso highway, El Paso Deputy Sheriff Robert Almanza said.

She died at the scene, he said.

Deputies discovered Wilson was born in Hagerstown and identified her parents as Jesse Barton and Goldie Peck but have been unable to find them, he said.

Wilson was homeless and had been staying at an El Paso motel, he said.

When deputies searched the motel they found medical information and an application for a Social Security card among her possessions.

The paperwork they found enabled deputies to identify Wilson's parents and determine that she was born in Hagerstown, but there was nothing to indicate where her family might be found, Almanza said.

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She also had some papers showing she filed a police report when her wallet was stolen in Phoenix, Ariz., in 1987, he said.

Alamanza said Wilson was well known in the El Paso area and had been homeless for quite a while. She was in generally good health but may have had asthma since inhalers were found in her hotel room, said Almanza.

He said she would frequent local truck stops "and disappear for months a time."

She lived by panhandling, he said.

Deputies found she had stayed at homeless shelters in Georgia and Arizona. They were unsure why or how Wilson ended up in Texas.

Wilson was described as a white female, but a more detailed description was unavailable, he said.

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