Murdered

Elena Sanchez Hawkins

A young mother is assaulted and killed by a potentially known assailant.

Murdered January 8, 1992 • Last updated: March 6, 2021

  • LocationElizabethtown, Kentucky
  • Date MurderedJanuary 8, 1992
  • BirthdaySeptember 3, 1962

On the morning of Wednesday, January 8th, 1992, Michael Hawkins, Elena’s husband left early for his job at a convenience store. As he often did, he called home around 7 am to make sure their oldest son was awake and on the school bus. Nobody answered and Michael called again. Finally, his younger son, just three-years-old, answered and told him that “momma’s bleeding.'' Sometime between 7:30 am and 9:50 am, Elena Sanchez Hawkins was sexually...

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