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David Wood / Desert Deaths
Date: 4/9/2009 Album ID: 728682
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Angelica Frausto, 17, had been a chronic runaway since the age of 12. At age 15, she quit Henderson Middle School, where she was enrolled in a program for students with behavioral problems. She was reported missing September 16, 1987. Her body was found Nov. 3, 1987.
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Desiree Wheatley, 15, was a student at H.E. Charles Junior High. She disappeared from her home the last day of school in June 1987. Her mother, Marcia, Wheatley, has worked ever since to find the killer. Her body was found Oct. 20, 1987.
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Ivy Susanna Williams, 23, had been moving from motel to motel at the time she disappeared. A Colorado native, she had a history of arrest for prostitution and possesion of drugs. No one reported her missing. Her body was found March 14, 1988.
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Karen Baker, 20, had three young children. She'd had personal problems, her mother said, but seemed to be starting over by enrolling in a beauty college and concentrating on her children. She disappeared June 5, 1987. Her body was found Sept. 4, 1987.
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Rosa Maria Casio, 24, was a waitress and topless dancer in Addison, Texas. She planned to re-enroll at Brookhaven Community College. She was visiting her sister in El Paso when she disappeared in August 1987. Her body was found Sept. 4, 1987.
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Dawn Marie Smith, 14, was a ninth-grader at Parkland High School. Although she had run away in June 1987, Dawn had kept in contact with her family until August 1987, police said. She was reported missing in September 1987. Her body was found Oct. 20, 1987.
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11/01/1987 Marcia Wheatley stands in the bedroom of her daughter Desiree, whose body was found in a shallow grave in the Northeast El Paso desert Oct. 20. Desiree had been missing since June 2. No arrest have been made.
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07/25/1990 David Wood, 33, is led from the County Courthouse by sherif's deputies this morning after being arraigned in connection with the desert murders in Northeast El Paso. Wood pleaded innocent to the charges.
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03/18/1988 David L. Wood, right, is escorted from the courthouse Thursday by Cecil Gutierrez, a jail transport officer.
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