Texas Rangers Cold Case Investigation Details
REFERENCE NUMBER: 55 - Solved
CITY: Leon Valley
RELATED YEAR: 2005
SUSPECTS: José B Flores III
Heather Ann Willms, a 21-year-old white female, was a 2001 graduate of O'Connor High School. She had attended college at San Antonio College and Texas Lutheran University. She had five siblings and was well-liked by many friends. She was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Helotes. On Monday, 02-21-2005, Heather failed to show up for work as a waitress at Champs Americana Restaurant. Her friends subsequently located her inside her residence in Leon Valley during the early morning hours of Tuesday, 02-22-2005. Heather had been brutally murdered.
UPDATE: On 11/30/2016, after a lengthy investigation, José B Flores III, 36, was arrested for the Capital Murders of Heather Willms and another victim. Texas Rangers worked closely with officials from the Leon Valley PD and the Bexar County District Attorney to solve this case.
UPDATE: On 07/25/2022, José B. Flores III, pled guilty in Bexar County District Court #437, to the murder of Heather Willms and Esmeralda Herrera. Flores was sentenced to 2 life sentences to be served consecutively.
This conviction marks the end of a lengthy Texas Ranger investigation.
Texas Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $3,000 to any person who provides informationthat leads
to the arrest of the person/persons responsible forthis crime. To be eligible for the cash rewards, tipsters
MUST call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477). All tips are anonymous.
Tipsters will be provided a tip number instead of using a name.
Information on this case may also be submitted in the following manner:
- Submit a Tip Online thru the Texas Rangers’ Cold Case website
- Contact us by telephone at 1-800-346-3243. Your information will be forwarded to the Texas Rangerassigned to this case.
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