A suspicious car wreck turns out to be a cover for murder.
It was early dawn on May 14, 1991, when police in Vidor, Texas, discovered a car wreck. The woman behind the wheel was dead, her skin cool to the touch. At first glance, it appeared to be a tragic accident. But within minutes, puzzling details began to emerge. The dead woman had no obvious wounds and the car was barely damaged. Soft drinks in the front seat had not even spilled. The woman’s feet were pushed back against the seat, rather than stretched out toward the pedals. She wasn’t wearing a seat belt, yet the crash had not thrown her forward.
Ray Moseley was a Detective Sergeant for the Vidor Police Department at the time of the crash:
The woman was identified as 34-year-old Kathy Page. She was a wife and mother of two. Kathy lived just a hundred yards from the crash site. When police arrived at her home, Kathy’s husband Steve answered the door. Upon speaking with Steve, Detective Sergeant Moseley became immediately suspicious:
From that moment on, police concentrated their attention on Kathy’s husband, Steve Page. However, Page insisted he was innocent:
Kathy and Steve Page had been married for almost 13 years. They had two daughters, Erin and Monica. They seemed like the perfect family. But according to Steve, the couple had drifted apart in their marriage:
But Kathy’s sister Sherry Valentine disagreed. She believed their marriage was beyond repair:
Steve moved out of the house, but said his relationship with Kathy remained friendly. The next day, Kathy asked him to babysit their daughters while she went out with a friend. According to Steve, Kathy was getting ready when he arrived:
By 4:15 AM Kathy Page was dead. When her body was found, she wasn’t wearing makeup or jewelry. The autopsy showed she had been strangled and her nose was broken. There were bloodstains on her underwear and skin. But according to Detective Sergeant Moseley, it was strange that there was no blood on her outer clothing:
Police reconstructed Kathy’s final hours. They learned that she had sex shortly before she died. Kathy did not meet her girlfriend, but instead spent the evening with a male lover. According to Moseley, the boyfriend admitted that he and Kathy made love on the night she died:
The autopsy report confirmed that Kathy did have sex on the night she died. However, the autopsy report included one more critical detail. Kathy’s sex partner had a vasectomy. The boyfriend had not. That meant Kathy must have had sex that night with someone else. Could that man have been Steve Page? He had a vasectomy several months earlier. When police questioned him, he admitted having sex with Kathy, but claimed it was before she went out that night:
But according to Sherry, the romance in Kathy’s marriage had long since vanished:
For Kathy’s sister, there was only one possible scenario:
Kathy’s father, James Fulton, believed Steve then became physical:
Her family believed the fight escalated and Steve proceeded to rape Kathy. They also believed that he strangled her in the process. However, Steve Page had his own theory about the identity of Kathy’s killer:
The murder of Kathy Page has never been solved. However, Kathy’s family won a wrongful death civil suit against Steve Page. Police still consider him a person of interest.
As of June 2021, the reward has gone up to $50,000 through Crime Stoppers of Southeast Texas. It is the largest reward ever offered by the Crime Stoppers in this area.