‘Questionable Death’ in Woodcreek Resolved

The home on Cross Hollow Lane in Katy where a grandmother was found dead last Thursday night. – Covering Katy photo

CITY OF KATY (Covering Katy News) – One week after a woman was found dead in her Katy home the medical examiner has reported that she died of natural causes.

“She died of cardiovascular disease,” said Katy Police Chief Noe Diaz. “That is the determination of the Galveston County Medical Examiner,” he added.

The death happened in Fort Bend County which contracts with the Galveston County medical examiner to perform autopsies.

The victim has been identified as 65-year-old Donna Carroll. Her home is located in a gated neighborhood on Cross Hollow Lane. Entrance is provided by entering a code at the gate. There are only high-end homes in what appears to be a very quiet neighborhood located off Kingsland Boulevard near FM 1463.

Some of the families who live there have children who attend Woodcreek Elementary School, which is located just outside the neighborhood gates. There are also junior high and high school students in the neighborhood.

According to neighbors, Katy Police arrived at about 10:15 p.m. Thursday. The Texas Rangers arrived later. When crime scene tape went up outside the home neighbors began to wonder what happened. Diaz says his investigators simply wanted to be sure that there was no foul play.

Neighbors say law enforcement stayed at the scene for about 12 hours interviewing those who lived close by and asking to view home security video. The woman who died also has security cameras on the outside of her house.She had only just recently moved into her home. Neighbors say she was a grandmother and lived alone.

“She just moved in on Saturday,” said Kristina Hugenberg, who lives directly across the street. Chief Diaz also said there were boxes inside the home which indicated that she was still in the process of getting settled.

“She’s very nice, very friendly and family oriented,” Hugenberg said.

The house where she lived is large. Hugenberg said she expected to have frequent visits from her grandchildren and suspected that’s why she lived in such a large home.

“It’s very sad. I’m just praying for her and her family,” Hugenberg said.

Chief Diaz said investigators are still interviewing people who may be able to provide information about where she was in the hours before her death.

Covering Katy will update the story as more information is made available. The name of the deceased has not yet been released.

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