Angelina County Sheriff: Hamdan homicide investigation progressing

Source: Angelina County Sheriff's Office
Source: Angelina County Sheriff's Office

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Angelina County Sheriff's investigators say they are looking into some solid leads to try and determine what happened to 61-year-old Vanessa Hamdan.

Hamdan was found dead on the side of Royce Oliver road near FM 2021 on Sunday afternoon.

Investigators have sent some new evidence to the crime lab for analysis and are learning more about Hamdan's whereabouts from the public.

Captain Alton Lenderman says Hamdan had trouble with drugs in the past but they believe she moved to the Lufkin area to start over.

"She did have an extensive criminal history and it appears that she did associate with some of the criminal element, and so that's some of the things that we're looking at right now as far as the lifestyle she had," Lenderman said.

An autopsy determined Hamdan's cause of death to be blunt force trauma but the manner of death is still under investigation.

If you have any information about the incident: call the Angelina County Sheriff's office at (936) 634-3331.

If you wish to remain anonymous call: Lufkin Crime Stoppers: 936-639-TIPS. People with any information can also leave tips at the Crime Stoppers Website.

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