Fort Bend Valentines Day Murder Remains Cold Case 32 Years Later


FORT BEND COUNTY (Covering Katy News) – It was Valentine’s Day 32 years ago when someone murdered Marilu Geri, and the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office hopes that memories may be triggered this Valentine’s Day that will help crack the cold case.

Fort Bend Crime Stoppers has also increased the reward to $20,000 in hopes that they can bring justice to the person or person’s responsible for Geri’s killing.

On Feb. 14, 1986, Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the Tealbriar subdivision off of Highway 6. The home in the 9800 block of Chalford Drive belonged to Marilu and Stephen Geri.

Deputies arrived that morning after receiving reports that Marilu was found bleeding and unresponsive.  She was transported to Fort Bend Community Hospital with multiple gunshot wounds and was declared dead at that facility.

Marilu and her husband had recently moved into the Chalford Street home, which is located along Highway 6, north of present-day Sugar Land Airport. The victim worked with her husband, who operated an insurance business from their upscale home.  By all accounts, the victim and her husband lived and projected the lifestyle of an affluent couple.

The victim was to host a party at their home the day of the murder in a combined celebration of Valentine’s Day and the birthday of her mother, Maria Serrato. Tragically, it was Marilu’s mother who discovered the crime as she arrived to help with party preparations.


Fort Bend County Crime Stoppers is offering a $20,000 reward in hopes of collecting information that will aid the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office in solving this murder.  In the years following the murder, this case garnered national attention as it was profiled by Robert Stack on “Unsolved Mysteries.”

Her husband has denied that he had anything to do with his wife’s murder, but he did change his routine the day she was killed. He left the house earlier than normal that day, and that has caused some suspicion among those who have followed the case.

Fort Bend County Detectives have submitted physical evidence for laboratory examination using the latest in forensic analysis technology.  It is the Sheriff’s Office hopes that information provided by anyone with knowledge of this crime coupled with recent advances in forensic technology will result in justice in this case.

“This was a tragic crime that has lingered for more than 30 years,” said Sheriff Troy Nehls. “Despite the time frame, we are hoping there are residents who remain in the Houston area or elsewhere who might recall some detail that will lead to an arrest.”

Anyone who has information on this crime is asked to call Fort Bend County Crime Stoppers, Inc.

Call (281) 342-TIPS (8477)

Send a Text Message:  Text FBCCS plus your tip to CRIMES (274637)

Submit Online:

Information, which leads to the apprehension and filing of charges on the suspect(s) involved, could earn that person up to a $20,000 CASH REWARD.         

All calls to Crime Stoppers are ANONYMOUS.

Marilu Geri – FBCSO

The grave of Marilu Geri – FBCSO


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