As you may have read, Emily was abducted in San Antonio, Texas
& her body was found in Canyon Lake, Texas. She had been abducted, tortured for 13 days,raped, and then murdered.
Sgt. David Ott was assigned to Emily's case. He worked it until
1994, in which time he asked to be taken off the case. Sgt. Ott told Sheila(Emily's Mom) that he just couldn't work Emily's
case any more because it "Just Made Him Sick".
After Sgt. Ott was taken off the case, it was assigned to
Det. Jimmy Limmer and Chief Dept. Elwood Hoherz. Together they worked Emily's case until a year and a half later. We
never heard from either of these officers the whole time they had the case.
In 1996 Det. Tommy Ward was assigned Emily's case and as far
as we know he is still the investigative officer.Det. Ward and Jim Caruso picked up swabs from Emily's murder from the Travis
County Coroners Office to have DNA testing done in a lab in San Antonio, Texas.
Bob Holder was Sheriff at this time and Sheila(Emily's
Mother) made another attempt to talk with him and Det. Ward to find out how Emily's case was going and what had or hadn't
been done. Det. Ward told Sheila that he had now sent the swabs to California for DNA testing.
We weren't even able to get an appointment to see
Det. Ward until we went to a Victims Rights Advocate and she got the meeting for us. The Victim's Rights Advocate and Sheila's
daughter Elizabeth went with Sheila for this meeting. Elizabeth went to the meeting in the thought of helping Det. Ward
in some way since she knew nearly all of Emily's friends and where they all hung out together.It just seemed that all the
questions that they had for Det. Ward never got answered or he just wouldn't talk about them at all.From
the meeting that Sheila, her other daughter Elizabeth & our Victim Rights advocate had with Det. Ward,
we all knew that if anything was going to be done about Emily's murder, then it was going to be up to us to do it.
That is when(February 2003)Sheila and I started
our own investigation to find Emily's killer. It just seemed that all the questions that we had for Det. Ward never got
answered or he just wouldn't talk with us at all and we were sick of being treated as if Emily and her child didn't mean enough
for them to even look for her killer(s).
There is information about Emily's case that can
be given to us, but Det. Ward refuses to do that. We also contacted so many specialists to help us, but once again Det. Ward
refused and told us it was his case.We feel that some of those specialists could have helped us find Emily's killer or at
least information that would help in the investigation.
Here it is 19 years later and Det. Ward is not any
closer than he was when he took over the case. We always thought that the investigative office that was working a murder case
would stay in contact with the family and let them know what they were doing to find the killer or anything else about the
case. Det. Ward has never done this and Sheila has to just keep pushing to even get a meeting with him. I guess that you could
say we have little confidence in the police ever solving Emily's murder and that has made us work even harder to
find her killer.
Since this time(March 2008), Sheila has not
even gotten to meet with Det. Ward for at least 2 years. She has called several times asking for a meeting, but Det. Ward
never returned her calls. We just can't understand this. You would really think that Det. Ward would want anyone
to help solve this case since it has now been 19 years and there has been nothing done.
The thing that has angered us the most is that we
have went to the web site for the Comal County Sheriffs office and looked to see if Emily's case is featured on the Unsolved
Murder cases and there is nothing. In fact there is no mention of Emily Garcia anywhere on that site. Why?
If any of you that read this feel that the
way this case is being handled is so wrong, please contact the Sheriff or Det. Ward himself and tell them this. Maybe if enough
people call in they will finally try to do what they should have done years ago......Find Her Killer.
The information below is the contact information
for Det. Ward and for us. If you have any information or want to help us, please contact us. We really need any and all the
help we can get. God bless you all because if this animal isn't caught, He Will do it again!!!
It may be your child that is next!