Court docs: Murder victim was drug informant

By Evan Goodenow -

Angela Hall

Angela Hall

Deputies want to interview two people who homicide victim Angela Hall informed on before she disappeared in 1997.

Capt. Donald Barker of the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office said investigators are trying to track down Patricia Byrd, who may be in Kentucky, and David Lee Jr., believed to be in the Columbus area.

“Our biggest obstacle is getting good addresses,” Barker said.

Bones belonging to Hall, who sometimes went by her maiden name of Angela Serrano, were found March 22 on Rt. 58 by the New London-Eastern Road intersection in Huntington Township.

At first uncertain, the coroner’s office positively identified the remains as belonging to Hall earlier this month.

The 25-year-old mother of four was last seen getting into a car in downtown Elyria on Jan. 9, 1998.

Hall was an informant in a drug case in 1996 and 1997 that led to the convictions of Michael and Patrica Byrd and David Lee, according to Lorain County Court of Common Pleas documents.

Myrna Solis, Hall’s half-sister, said in a July 19 interview that she last saw Hall in August of 1997 and reported her missing a few weeks later.

Solis said a friend of Hall’s later told her Hall was seen getting into a car in Elyria and Solis passed the information on to police. Hall had worked as a dancer at Bugsy’s Speakeasy, a downtown Elyria strip club.

Hall was recorded making “controlled buys” of cocaine from Patricia Byrd and Lee just prior to their arrests in March of 1997. After the arrests, the documents said Hall’s life and the lives of her children were threatened.

Plea bargains for the Byrds were dropped after they failed voice stress analysis tests — which aren’t admissible in court — in August of 1998 about whether they knew anything about Hall’s disappearance.

“The informant (Hall) has been missing since prior to the original trial and the state of Ohio has grave concerns for her safety,” the documents said.

Besides drug charges, the Byrds and Lee were convicted of intimidation of a witness over the threats against Hall. Michael Byrd is believed to have died this year, Barker said.

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By Evan Goodenow