Cold case victim gets final rest after 31-year identification
After being identified after 31 years missing, local girl Sue Ann Huskey will finally get her memorial stone this week, according to her family. After her remains were identified in January of this year, her final resting place is ready now at the end of July.
Some time in the summer of 1989, Sue Ann Huskey went missing from her home in Sulphur Springs, according to her sisters Tasha and Michelle. On Sept. 25, 1989, Sue Ann’s body was found on Interstate 35 just north of Georgetown in Williamson County, according to Williamson County detectives Jason Cox and Natalie Murry.
However, Sue Ann’s identity remained unknown to law enforcement for years. Due to the outfit she was wearing—a t-shirt that said “Cinco de Corona,” she became known as “the Corona Girl.”
In 2020, determined to learn the true identity of the Corona Girl, Williamson County detectives tried to tap into complex DNA technology, they said at a press conference in January. Three rounds of DNA extraction sent Sue Ann’s bones and teeth as far away as the Netherlands, but a family genealogy search led detectives approximately 230 miles away to Sulphur Springs.
Now, Sue Ann’s family will find some peace as her memorial stone nears completion.
“The community in Georgetown that found and identified Sue Ann raised money for the memorial,” Tasha said. “We want to keep that memorial there, and that’s where her stone will go, because we’re just so thankful for all the work they did.”
The memorial stone will read, “In Loving Memory of Sue Ann Huskey: Daughter, Sister, Aunt. Gone But Never Forgotten: Corona Girl.” It will feature her color photo, which the family believes to be her last school photo.
The family plans to cremate Sue Ann’s remains and will divide them among her living siblings, Tasha said.
The family also plans to erect a cross with butterflies at the site on I-35 near the town of Jerrell where Sue Ann’s remains were found. Sisters Tasha and Michelle visited the site the week of July 6 and left flowers.
The family remembers their baby sister as a free spirit who was “sweet” and “likeable by everyone.”
“It just blows my mind how much effort all the detectives and the other people down in Georgetown have put into it, and they were strangers to us,” Tasha said. “The amount of kindness shown to us and Sue Ann makes me tear up just thinking about it.”
The Williamson County Sheriff ’s Department, Rockdale Memorial Company, Ramsey Funeral Home and the Georgetown community all helped contribute, the sisters said. The sisters say they owe special thanks to Cox and Murry for their work on the case.
The Cold Case Unit working on solving Sue Ann’s murder urges anyone with any details about Sue Ann’s case, or even anyone who may have known her, to contact Detective Jason Cox by email at jasoncox@ wilco.org or by phone at 512-943-1346.