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Who was Shelby Vercher? Texas woman, 31, found dead in DUMPSTER told family ‘someone put a hit on me’

The body of the mother of three boys was found on the evening of July 19 in Buffalo Bayou
UPDATED JUL 29, 2022
Investigators have not confirmed whether Shelby was murdered but her father believes she was (GoFundMe)
Investigators have not confirmed whether Shelby was murdered but her father believes she was (GoFundMe)

HOUSTON, TEXAS: As law enforcement authorities are shocked by the puzzling circumstances around the death of a woman, whose remains were discovered inside a dumpster, her father revealed her last words. Shelby Vercher’s body was found in the container in the Buffalo Bayou near the 3600 block of Foley on July 19 evening. However, it’s not clear yet how she died.

Investigators have also not said yet if someone murdered her but the 31-year-old’s father believes she was. David Vercher, who also uses the name Coy, said he first got the call about the tragedy after local police arrived there on a report of a fishy can. The devastated father recalled, “It left a big hole in my heart. Asking me if I know Shelby Vercher. I said, ‘Yes, that’s my daughter,” [They said], ‘Well we have her and she’s dead,’ That’s what they told me.”


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Coy also told ABC affiliate KTRK-TV, that he last met her daughter, who was a mother to three boys, on July 19 morning. Revealing their last conversation, he said, “She told me, 'Daddy, someone put a hit out on me, before noting: 'No, daddy, it will be ok…' apparently, it won't be ok. Apparently, she was telling me the truth. Someone did put out a hit on her. I intend to find out who. (First responders) found this container floating with my daughter in it. My daughter may be a lot of things, but she wasn't trash.”

The father also stated that Shelby was going to finish some chores before being found dead. He added: “She said, ‘Daddy, I gotta go over here and get my mail. I’m going to get my stuff, and I’m going to West Oaks Hospital, then to Santa Maria.’ She never made it. [She] would do anything in the world for anybody. There was nothing selfish about her. Nothing. She was trying to get her life together, but it got cut short.”

Meanwhile, Shelby’s heartbroken father has initiated a GoFundMe to help raise money for her funeral. There he wrote, “My daughter Shelby Vercher was found murdered and I'm trying to put together funds for her final expenses. I would like her to be buried with our family in East Texas but I am on a fixed income and it is beyond my means.” “For those who would like to contribute directly to the funeral home, Shelby's arrangements are being made with Del Pueblo Funeral Home at 8222 Antoine, Houston TX 77088, (281) [phone redacted],” he concluded.

For now, the campaign has received $2,550 out of its $7,500 goal.

“I pray that you and your grandsons will always have the love and voice of your daughter and their mom within. And that a time will come when every time each of you thinks about her it is with immense love and joy knowing she remains with you all.” a person has posted on the campaign page. 

Another one added, “Our family is so sorry for your loss. We may be strangers but our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with you. May the Lord bless and comfort you during this difficult time.”