Body of missing Houston boy Samuel Olson is believed to have been found in Jasper Motel room
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The body of a missing six-year-old Houston boy was found at a motel in Jasper, the police said Tuesday.
Houston Police Chief Troy Finner said the body is believed to be that of six-year-old Samuel Olson, who was reported missing in southwest Houston last week.
Tonya Olson, Samuel’s grandmother, had issued a tearful appeal to the public for help in locating the boy earlier the day his body was found.
Finner tweeted that they had a potential suspect in custody. He said: “A potential suspect is in custody and will be questioned by our homicide investigators.”
The child’s body was found at the Best Western Inn in the 200 block of West Gibson Street shortly before 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday evening, News from Kjas reported.
The family say the boy turned six on Saturday.
Jasper Police Chief Gerald Hall told media the body was found in a tote bag in a room on the west side of the motel complex. Mr Hall said it appeared the body had been there for some time.
Samuel Olson, a resident of the Cy-Fair area in northwest Houston, was reported missing by family members on May 27, but police said there was conflicting information on the last time. that he was seen. He last attended school on April 30.
Houston police said Tuesday the boy’s parents share joint custody.
In her appeal, Ms Olson, Samuel’s grandmother, told local media that she “last saw and detained Sam on May 2 as he and his cousins visited his home.” She said she spoke with Samuel almost a week and a half ago.
Houston Police raided the apartment rented by an acquaintance of Samuel’s father’s girlfriend at Gateway at Ellington in Houston on Monday, according to the Texas 12 news now. They had received information that this was where Samuel was last seen.
On Tuesday evening, Ms Olson told the media: “We are all really confused about everything that is going on right now.”
ABC 13 reported that the child’s father’s girlfriend, Theresa Balboa, said she saw the child last Thursday morning in the 8800 block of McAvoy Drive in southwest Houston. She said: “I was going to take Sam to school when her mom showed up with the cop, or I felt like I was a cop, and they asked me to release Sam.”
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Ms Balboa told police she handed the boy over to his mother. But police investigators have been unable to verify it so far and are working on the possibility that Samuel went missing weeks ago.
Lawyer for Samuel’s mother, Sarah Olson, said she had not seen her son for almost a year.
Marco Gonzalez told KTRK-TV: “Our client has primary custody, but our client has been denied access to the child for many months. Our client has not had access to young Samuel for many, many months.
Mr Gonzalez also dismissed Ms Balboa’s claim that Ms Olson took him, saying “that is completely wrong”.
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