A Houston-area teenager has been charged in the death of his mother, who was found strangled to death in the trunk of a car he was driving in Nebraska days after the couple disappeared.
Tyler Roenz, 17, has been charged as an adult with murder and tampering with evidence in the death and disappearance of his mother, Michelle Roenz, 49, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said Friday.
Harris County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to a home Oct. 13 in Humble by Roenz’s husband, who said his wife and son were missing and he was unable to reach them on their cell phones.
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He also said his 2011 Mazda was missing. Authorities found blood and exposed human teeth in the garage of the family home, according to court documents obtained by Fox Houston.
A CLEAR alert, which is for missing adults believed to be at risk, was then issued for the mother and son, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office said. Homicide detectives then received information that the missing vehicle was in Nebraska, so they alerted the Nebraska State Police.
On October 14, Nebraska State Troopers found the missing Mazda near Grand Island and attempted to conduct a traffic stop. However, the driver fled and eventually crashed after a high-speed chase, authorities said.
The teenager was inside the car and his mother was found in the trunk. He was taken to hospital for treatment for non-life-threatening injuries.
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Authorities say Michelle Roenz died of blunt force trauma from strangulation. Young Roenz is being held by Nebraska State Police pending extradition to Texas.
No motive for the alleged murder has been revealed.