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Murder Charges Filed Against Ronald Lee Hassler in Connection to Disappearance of Sheryl Siddall

Oct. 13, 2023 – Ronald Lee Hassler, a convicted felon, has been charged with capital murder in relation to the disappearance and presumed murder of Sheryl Siddall, 57. A warrant for his arrest has been issued by authorities. Siddall has been missing from her residence in the Horseshoe Lake Estates neighborhood in north Liberty County since Sept. 18.

Siddall was first reported missing by her niece. When deputies conducted a welfare check at her home, they discovered blood on the kitchen floor and cabinets, raising suspicions of foul play. Despite extensive searches, Siddall has yet to be found. Investigations have included searching the community and the lake adjacent to her home.

Liberty County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) Captain David Meyers stated that investigators do not believe Siddall left voluntarily. Her personal items, such as her wallet, purse, ID, and vehicle, were found at her residence. Her cell phone, last detected near her home on Sept. 11, has also not been located.

Hassler, who was known to Siddall, was at her home when deputies arrived for the welfare check. He was initially taken into custody on charges of being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm, a violation of his parole conditions. During the investigation, a total of eight firearms were seized, some of which were discovered in a box trailer owned by Hassler and within his pickup truck.

Following his arrest, Hassler invoked his Fifth Amendment rights and has not provided any information concerning Siddall’s whereabouts. He is being held without bond and will appear before a magistrate for the new charge in the coming days.

“We still want to find Siddall, and we will not give up until we do,” Meyers said. “We want to help bring some sort of closure to her family.”

Liberty County Sheriff Bobby Rader extended thanks to multiple agencies that have assisted in the ongoing search for Siddall. These include the Texas Rangers, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Baytown Police Department, Baytown Fire Department Dive Team, Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Crosby Fire Department, Texas Search and Rescue, Texas EquuSearch, and the Liberty County District Attorney’s Office.

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