Una Mae case growing cold

By: Emi FitzGerald Email
By: Emi FitzGerald Email

SHERMAN -- There are new developments in the case of Sherman woman missing for a year. Police continue to investigate every lead in hopes of finding Una Mae Herd. But it looks like the case may be growing colder...

Earlier this week Grayson county judge Drue Bynum declared Una Mae Herd deceased after family members filed the probate for her will.
Mary Elizabeth West Una Mae's granddaughter filed the paperwork in May before Una Mae was officially declared dead.

On Tuesday the court decided there was enough proof to make that declaration. Una Mae went for a walk back in June of last year and never returned.
She left her wallet, driver’s license, and all of her personal belongings behind. Sherman police say the investigation is still open. They do suspect foul play. Even though she's been declared dead, they plan to continue looking for her until they find her.

Meanwhile her family is taking the next step, but filing paperwork to divide her estate.

"We feel that it's the necessary thing to do after a period of over a year,” said Thomas Redwine, the family’s attorney. “We've been Unable to locate her and so we've started this process so that after a period of about 3 years her estate can be finalized."

The family has until October to make an inventory of her assets, but they will have to wait until those funds will be available. Texas law states in missing persons cases the executor holds the assets for three years, just in case she's still alive.


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  • by HERE Location: GONE on Apr 1, 2008 at 02:28 PM
    I CANT BELIEVE NO ONE HAS BEEN ON HERE SINCE ME LAST 2 MONTHS AGO THERE IS NO WAY THE LADY JUST VANISHED YOU CAN NOT WALK OFF THE FACE OF THIS EARTH WITH NO SIGN OF NOTHING THERE IS NO WAYI BELIEVE SOMEONE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD SEEN HER AND TOOK HER OR THE FAMILY HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH IT AND MY THOUGHTS ARE MORE TO THE FAMILY THEN ANYTHING
  • by here and gone Location: sherman on Jan 9, 2008 at 11:40 AM
    I was one of the volunteers that helped actually there was 8 of us the first day she went missing with about 20 other people and I tell you its been over a year and that she has been gone and I still say and god bless her but she would not let anyone just take her she took a stick everywalk she took and she would have never just got into a car I believe it was a inside job and someone wanted her gone for her money and I have already told the cops that and low and behold they searched the neighborhood again questioning people and I said the same thing she just did not vanish I believe she was taken by someone she knew with her stick THIS LADY WAS NOT THE BEST TO GET ALONG WITH BUT SHE WOULD NEVER LEAVE AND LEAVE EVERYTHING THEY WAY THE SAY AND NOT TAKE HER MEDICINE
  • by Anonymous Location: Sherman on Jul 26, 2007 at 03:36 PM
    God Bless you Ms Williams for reminding these people how much the family did do to make sure everyone in town knew their Grandmother was missing. And still does. I recall several interviews on TV where they were begging people to please come help search after that first big one the day she went missing. In an area as big as ours you would have thought more than 20 volunteers would have showed up for the last one they had. And when an elderly person goes missing the public reacts differently than when it is a child. Sad either way to me. Our loved ones are all important and its sad no matter what the age of the victim. But the facts are when a child goes missing they dont have estate issues to deal with. Social Security to pay back because they didnt receive it or and taxes to pay. Utilities being wasted and notes to be paid off. Unfortunately none of these items can be dealt with as easily as some might be thinking just because you call in and say "granny is missing". A declaration of death wouldnt be necessary on a child. I cant imagine the pain these people must be feeling. And I would be willing to bet they will still be looking.
  • by Anonymous Location: Sherman on Jul 20, 2007 at 04:26 PM
    Una Mae Herd is not missing from Fairview Park....Her morning walks were in the Austin College area....and I have faith that she will be found.....
  • by Lillian Williams Location: Sheman on Jul 20, 2007 at 02:26 PM
    Mrs Heard is not the only woman to dissappear from Fairview Park. My neighbor, Jewel Dixon was last seen one day last October walking in the park and has not been seen or heard from since. Call me paranoid if you wish, but I feel like we have a predator preying on older women who walk in Fairview Park. This is not a case of stranger abduction because if there was a struggle, there are always too many people in that park on the walking trails not to notice. This is someone known to these women or at the very least a familiar face and someone they trusted. Mrs Heard was very fortunate in that her children raised such a stink to get publicity about her dissappearance.. Mrs Dixon had the misfortune of being mentally ill and was written off as a nut case and it was never publicized by the newspapers OR the tv stations.
  • by Sue Location: Tom Bean on Jul 20, 2007 at 02:19 PM
    I am hopeful every avenue has been taken to find this lady but I was just wondering if the police had looked into whether she may have been kidnapped and her name changed to collect her social security benefits. Anyway I do hope the family will find out someday what did happen. So sad to not know.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 20, 2007 at 12:06 PM
    i agree with joe police waste time on stupid things instead of finding this woman lose a dounut shop and they will find it
  • by Cindy Location: Area on Jul 20, 2007 at 11:57 AM
    Dear Anonymous Texas- CSI is not like what you see on TV. I feel sorry for the family having to wonder if she is still out there. She was a nice lady and did not deserve what ever happened to her.
  • by me Location: texas on Jul 20, 2007 at 11:14 AM
    To Joe: Why should the police not spend time trying to figure out what happened to this lady.....let this happen to someone you know and love dearly and then repost your comment!
  • by joe on Jul 20, 2007 at 10:51 AM
    police spend more time on a case likes this and less time on harrasment of people might help also less time eating dounuts
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