Elena Semander

Birth Name:
Elena Semander
Birth Date:
February 16, 1961
Birth Place:
Houston, Texas
Death Date:
February 7, 1982
Place of Death:
West Hollow Apartments, Houston, Texas
Cause of Death:
Cemetery Name:
Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery
Claim to Fame:
Crime and their Victims
Serial Killer victim

Cemetery Information:

Final Resting Place:

Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery

12800 Westheimer Road

Houston, Texas, 77077


North America

Grave Location GPS

29.74162, -9561028


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