EquuSearch Founder Files $110 Million Wrongful Death Lawsuit
DICKINSON, Texas, Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/
Timothy Miller, the founder of Texas EquuSearch, filed a $110 million wrongful death lawsuit against Clyde E. Hedrick in the death of his 16-year-old daughter, Laura Lynn Miller in Galveston County. The civil lawsuit filed Monday by Dickinson Attorney Wilbur "Pete" Dunten alleges Hedrick is responsible for his willing and intentional murder of Laura in League City, Texas in September 1984. Although Hedrick has never been charged, Miller has worked closely with investigators and believes Hedrick will be held accountable in her death.
"We filed this wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of our client Tim Miller today, and 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. Laura, who disappeared from a pay phone in League City on September 10, 1984, was found deceased 17 months later in a wooded area off Calder Road in League City. Her remains were scattered in a remote area where three other females' remains were also found. This location became known as a dumping ground for victims and was later featured in the movie, "Texas Killing Fields."
"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 another woman, Ellen Rae Beason. The Beason trial was held in Galveston County in March 2014, 30 years after Ellen's disappearance.