HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS – An effort to renew the public’s interest to get help and information on the case of Roxyann Allee, a deputy who was murdered Sept. 30, 1991, was launched, and the reward money increased to $30,000.
The reward is being offered by the governor’s office and Texas Crime Stoppers for information leading to arrest(s) in the case.
Twenty-five years ago, Roxyann’s body was found in a field near Greenspoint Mall where she had been shopping. Witnesses saw two men in the Dillard’s parking lot force the woman into her Ford Aerostar van at gunpoint around 7:30 p.m.
Her van was found consumed in flames about three miles from the mall a short time later. She was not in the van. Investigators found her badge and identification card, but her duty weapon and purse were missing. Investigators also discovered blood in the van that belonged to Roxyann.
Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Kent Allee, Roxyann’s husband, received a call from dispatch that day. He learned that his Ford Aerostar had been found abandoned and ablaze. He raced home to check on Roxyann’s welfare in vain.
Then shortly before 3 a.m. and less than a mile from the location of the burned van, authorities discovered Roxyann’s body with fatal gunshot wounds to the head.
Her service weapon was never recovered and her killers were never found.
One of the suspects was described as being about 5 feet 9 inches tall. The other was in his late 20s to early 30s, tall and muscular.
The death of Roxyann left Kent Allee to raise their two children, then 14 and 12. Kent said that Roxyann remains part of their life as family stories are passed along.
Kent recalled being so upset shortly after Roxyann’s murder, that he rear-ended a car while driving home from a family grief-counseling session with his children in the car. It was a wake-up call for him. He needed to focus on raising and protecting his children.
Kent continued to work at the sheriff’s department, but he was devastated. Things were never the same. As he worked in an environment full of inmates, he wondered if his wife’s killer was among them.
“Anytime we lose a fellow officer, it’s devastating to our sheriff’s office family,” Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman said. “We are, particularly saddened that the perpetrators remain unfound. We remain hopeful that the governor’s reward program will one day bring the people responsible for Roxyann’s senseless murder to justice.”
Gov. Greg Abbott joined the call for the public to step forward with any details about the case. He said in a written statement:
Deputy Allee was a committed public servant who dedicated her career to the service and protection of others, and it would be a monumental injustice for her murder to go unsolved. We hope that renewing the public’s interest about this case will uncover critical information, and bring closure to the investigation and her family.
Kent didn’t think the suspects targeted his wife. He believes they panicked upon learning she was a deputy. He said he hopes publicity in the case might make a difference. “I would think that a long time ago, somebody would have come forward,” he said.
Anyone with information about the murder of Deputy Roxyann Allee can provide anonymous tips in three different ways:
- Call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477)
- Text the letters “DPS” – followed by your tip – to 274637 (CRIMES) from your cell phone
- Submit a tip online to com