Apparent Murder-Suicide Discovered in Cross Creek Ranch Home


June 11, 2020

By Jennifer Miko

The Fulshear police are investigating an apparent murder-suicide in the Cross Creek Ranch subdivision near Katy. Authorities found a mother and son dead on Tuesday, inside a home in the 27000 block of Linden Ridge Lane.

On Tuesday, June 9, the Fulshear Police responded to a welfare check when Laura Arends, 56, didn’t report to work or return phone calls. Neighbors were concerned about the woman who had reportedly been missing since Friday.

Gruesome Discovery

Officers did not find Laura Arends at her home and decided to check her 25-year-old son Matthew’s home, on the same street. When the officers arrived at Matthew Arends’ home, they observed his mother's car in the driveway.

"The home was locked and secured with no sign of forced entry," reported the Fulshear Police. "After knocking on the door of the home and getting no response, officers observed a person on the floor while looking through the window of the home."

Officers entered the home and found Laura Arends with multiple stab wounds, while her son Matthew sustained a self-inflicted stab wound.

The Fulshear Police said, "The deaths are believed to be the result of a murder/suicide, however the investigation is still ongoing."

Family Pet Injured

The Fulshear Police also discovered that the Arends’ family dog Hurley had been severely injured.

“Waggin Tails owner Denise Einkauf, quickly came to the scene and retrieved the injured dog in an attempt to save her life,” the Fulshear Police posted on social media. “After discovering the dog’s extreme and severe injuries through a local vet, Denise transported the dog to All Pets Animal Hospital, a 24-hour Emergency Animal Hospital.”

Dr. Patrick Choyce and his team performed an extensive surgery on Hurley and was able to save her life. 

Denise Einkauf from Waggin Tails said Hurley and the Arends have been long-time clients, and she and her staff know the dog very well.