An investigation into the death of Melissa resident Nicole Leger, who was found murdered in her home in the 3000 block of Maple Lane on Sept. 9, is ongoing, according to Melissa Police Dept. Chief Duane Smith.
Melissa police, with assistance from the Texas Rangers and the Collin County Sheriff’s Office, are investigating the case as a homicide.
Leger was found by her 17-year-old son Trey after he returned home from school sometime after 4 p.m. What he found was the body of his mother, 34-year-old Nicole Leger. There were signs of trauma on the body, according to a news release issued, and the Collin County Medical Examiner’s office has officially ruled the case a homicide.
It is believed that the victim in this case was also a victim in an aggravated sexual assault in Denton County that occurred in March.
MPD Capt. Kyle Babcock told The Anna-Melissa Tribune that the department has stated that neighbors should not be worried about their safety because they believe the victim knew the suspect.
The family released a statement through First Baptist Church Melissa which read:
The family and friends of Nicole Leger would like to thank the community of Melissa for all their help and support during our time of grief. Many have donated their time and efforts to our family and we are very grateful. We would like to give a special thanks to First Melissa church and Pastor Trey Graham and his ministry for their generosity.
Nicole moved to Melissa to start a new life because she felt she and her son would be safe here. She wanted peace. She asked for protection repeatedly over the past few months but her pleas for help were not taken seriously enough and the system failed her. Our family hopes the person responsible for the terrible act of violence is caught and punished appropriately. We anxiously await that day.
A memorial service was held for Leger on Sept. 14 at First Melissa. She is survived by her son, Steven Leger, III "Trey" of Melissa; father Gary Cox and wife Susan of Southwest Ranches, Fla.; mother Deborah Parker of Ft. Worth; brother Dustin Parker of Ft. Worth; sisters Angela Frith and husband, Darrell of Little Elm; Bree Haigis of Southwest Ranches, Fla.
Memorial contributions may be made to Trey Leger for an educational/Uniform Gifts to Minors account through Southwest Securities Inc. by calling 972-624-6373 during business hours.
Investigators ask that anyone with information about the case call the Collin County Tip Line at 972-547-5115.
There has been no one charged with the crime, and no new information has been released involving this case.