As soon as word of the robbery spread, a posse was formed. Law enforcement officials from three counties (Fort Bend, Harris and Brazoria) came together to search Blue Ridge. Every oil field worker was tracked down and their alibi checked. Two men were arrested who had been found sleeping in the woods near Stafford, with recently-fired weapons in their possession.
One of the buildings that was of special interest – especially to officer “Doc” Sammon – was one of the local boarding houses. The robber/murderer had been seen running in the direction of this boarding house by the young messenger boy. When the cops arrived, they found blood on the front door handle. This made Doc Sammon certain they were in the right place.
This particular boarding house was operated by [Suspect 5]. When the cops arrived, she was less than helpful. She was in the middle of her dialing cleaning of the communal spaces (living and dining areas) and she was close to being done. She had been cleaning since she finished up the 8 a.m. breakfast, and wasn’t going to stop until she was done.
Each of the bedrooms of the house were to be searched for evidence. However, two rooms were locked (Rooms two and three) and their occupants were nowhere to be found. The cops asked [Suspect #5] for a list of who was staying at the boarding house at that time. She promised to get them a list and look for the master keys after the living room was clean.
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Fort Bend Museum Staff