11 A Mother’s Grief

Crime Behind the Pine Curtain
11 A Mother's Grief
Natasha Ashley

On May 3, 1992 at approximately 10 a.m., after 19 year-old Natasha Ann Atchley attended a late night / early morning birthday party in Shepherd (San Jacinto County), Texas, her car was found burned on a rural dirt road approximately a mile from the party.

Her mother Karen Woodard found Natasha’s body in the trunk of her hatchback car. Natasha previously attended school in nearby Livingston, Texas, but moved and graduated from Odessa Permian High School in 1990. Atchley was visiting friends from the Livingston area at the time of her murder.

Natasha’s murder remains unsolved. In this episode we read selections from the numerous letters to the editor that Woodard wrote to the Polk County Enterprise until her death.

Texas Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $3,000 to any person who provides information that leads to the arrest of the person/persons responsible for this 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.

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