The Stafford police department is appealing to the public to assist them in finding the vehicle that struck and killed a Conroe woman.
Stafford police spokesman Corporal Raphael Virata said Marla Jo Burkeen was killed in what police believe was a hit and run accident early on the morning of September 18, 2011. Based on the information police have now, this fatality – Hit and Run accident occurred between the hours of 3am and 4am Sunday morning September 18. According to Virata, Marla Jo Burkeen of Conroe was walking north on the feeder road in the 12400 block of US 59 in Stafford near the Texas Instruments athletic complex when she was struck from behind by a passing vehicle that knocked her from the roadway into a grassy area near the road. It is believed that the impact of the hit killed Burkeen.
A passing motorist saw what appeared to be someone in the grass near TI and notified their security. The TI security in turn notified Stafford police. As a result of the accident investigation, Stafford police are looking for a 2007 or newer Chevrolet or GMC Sport Utility Vehicle or truck that they believe struck Burkeen. That vehicle would have had, or could still have, damage to the front (passenger-side) headlight area or assembly.
Burkeen was the mother of five and a registered nurse from Conroe. No information was available on why she was in Stafford or Fort Bend County other than she was staying at a nearby hotel. Anyone with information about Ms. Burkeen or this fatal hit and run accident is asked to contact Stafford Police detective Jason Hardin at 281-261-3950 or the Fort Bend County Crime Stoppers at 281-342-TIPS (8477).