Detective Elise Ann Ybarra

Detective Elise Ann Ybarra

Abilene Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Sunday, August 6, 2017

Elise Ann Ybarra

Detective Elise Ybarra was killed in a vehicle crash on I-20, outside of Abilene, when her department vehicle was struck by another car at approximately 6:15 pm.

She and two other detectives were en route to Dallas to attend the Crimes Against Children Conference. They encountered slow traffic due to a previous wreck on the interstate. A few moments later a pickup truck struck the rear of their unmarked car, causing Detective Ybarra to suffer fatal injuries. The other two detectives were transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Detective Ybarra had served with the Abilene Police Department for three years and was assigned to the Special Victims Unit. She had previously served with the Sedalia, Missouri, Police Department. She is survived by her husband and 10-month-old daughter.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 1058

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

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Elise was my friend. She was a friend to many and was especially tenacious in her role as a Detective in the SVU. She was liked and respected by all. It is a huge loss to the APD. Elise spent the last week of her life helping a coworker who had lost her husband the previous weekend.

Sharra Sampson
Abilene Police Department, CID Secretary.

February 10, 2018

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