Mom was positioned ‘hung by a rope from the dock’ to stage death as a suicide, police say

Giselle Salazar-Tapia (GoFundMe) and the dock where her body was found (KTRK screenshot)

Giselle Salazar-Tapia (GoFundMe) and the dock where her body was found (KTRK screenshot)

Law enforcement authorities in Texas are investigating the death of a 30-year-old mother of four whose body was found late last month partially submerged in water and “hanging off a dock” under circumstances that have led police to believe she was killed and the scene was staged to look like a suicide.

The victim has since been identified as Giselle Salazar-Tapia.

According to a news release from the League City Police Department, officers at about 1:48 p.m. on May 31 responded to a call at a marina in the 700 block of Davis Road regarding “a woman who was hanging off a dock.” Multiple callers told the emergency dispatcher that the woman “appeared to have been lifeless as she hung by a rope from the dock,” police wrote.

Police and emergency medical personnel with the League City Fire Department responded to the location where they located the victim. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police initially disclosed few details about Salazar-Tapia’s death, other than to say they spoke with her friends and family as well as a “distraught” boyfriend who was staying on a boat in the area.

“Officers and detectives conducting the death investigation began speaking with the victim’s friends and residents in the area,” the release states. “A man who was possibly the victim’s boyfriend, became very distraught and would not come out of his boat. After a short time, officers were able to talk the man safely off the boat.”

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