On Saturday, January 14, 1995, Mary Catherine Edwards, a 31 year old beloved Beaumont school teacher, was found deceased in her Park Meadow townhome.

The investigation revealed that she had been sexually assaulted and murdered. DNA evidence was collected from the scene and an extensive investigation was conducted into the murder. Over the next 26 years, Beaumont Police Investigators partnered with the Texas Rangers, FBI, and the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office to follow up on tips. During this time, numerous investigators worked to bring closure to Mary Catherine’s family.

In 2020, Beaumont Police investigators and the Texas Rangers enlisted the assistance of forensic scientists to review DNA evidence from the scene. Utilizing technological advances, investigators were able to link the DNA profile recovered at the scene to a 61 year old suspect, Clayton Bernard Foreman, of Reynoldsburg, Ohio.

With the assistance of the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office an arrest warrant was obtained. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Aviation Unit flew investigators to Reynoldsburg, Ohio where Foreman was arrested and later extradited to Jefferson County.

Wednesday, September 22, 2021, Foreman was indicted for the Capital Murder of Mary Catherine Edwards.

The Beaumont Police Department’s goal is to solve all unsolved murders that occur in our city.