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Published on June 13, 2024
League City Police Probe Suspicious Death of Mother of Four Found at Marina as Possible HomicideSource: GoFundMe/Nathan Paz

The unexpected death of Giselle Tapia-Salazar, a mother of four, has been officially deemed suspicious by the League City Police Department. Tapia-Salazar was found dead in a marina, hanging from a dock, which initially led to assumptions of suicide. However, upon closer investigation, authorities now suspect otherwise. The body, discovered on May 31, presented indicators that have led the police to probe her death as a possible homicide, with two persons of interest identified in connection to the case.

According to FOX San Antonio, Tapia-Salazar was last seen alive around 1:35 a.m. on the day of her death, near the boat belonging to her boyfriend, James Hart. Hart has publicly expressed his devastation, stating, "This is the worst thing that has ever happened to me. Feels like a nightmare you can't wake up from." Hart also claimed he was the last to see Tapia-Salazar alive before she ostensibly left to go to the bathroom early in the morning and failed to return. "What I do know is I didn't have nothing to do with it and I never would have," Hart asserted in an interview.

Christian Allen, a neighbor at the marina, found the body of Tapia-Salazar in a state that at first glance appeared to be mannequin. "At first I thought it was a mannequin," Allen said. "Then we realized we recognized her." Doubts about the nature of her death were raised due to how one of her arms was positioned - upright without any apparent support. League City Police Lieutenant Eric Coy suggested that, "Because of the position of her arm, she probably passed away somewhere else, rigor mortus set in and then when she was moved, her arm stayed in that position."

While the community at the marina mourns and grapples with safety concerns, the official cause of death has yet to be declared. A statement obtained by People from the victim's brother, Nathan Paz, highlights the impact Giselle had on those around her. "Giselle was the most charismatic person you could ever meet, sharing a smile and making a friend of everyone she came across. Giselle always looked for the best in people, even when they didn't deserve her kindness." In the meantime, police continue to sift through massive amounts of surveillance footage from the area, hoping to find conclusive evidence that will point them toward the culprit. Hart is pleading for justice for Giselle and for his own name to be cleared from suspicion.