Missing Texas teenager arrested after body found in trunk after car chase in Nebraska

A 17-year-old has been arrested in a Texas homicide investigation after authorities say he led Nebraska troopers on a high-speed chase with a female in the car, authorities said.

The teenager was identified by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office as Tyler Roenz. The person found dead in the trunk has not been identified.

Tyler Roenz and his mother, Michelle Roenz, 49, were reported missing Thursday night, according to the sheriff’s office, which patrols the Houston area. Officials said both were last seen at their residence in Humble, Texas late Thursday morning.

The authorities did not provide further information about the woman on Friday.

Michelle Roenz, Tyler Roenz.  (Harris County Sheriff's Office via Facebook)

Michelle Roenz, Tyler Roenz. (Harris County Sheriff’s Office via Facebook)

On Friday afternoon, the Harris County Sheriff’s office alerted Nebraska State Police that a vehicle connected to the Roenz family was in Nebraska, state authorities said in a statement.

Troopers found the sedan in traffic and chased at speeds of 110 mph observed on Interstate 80 near Grand Island, according to the affidavit.

About 9 miles west, the sedan hit a big rig and then a tree before coming to a stop, Nebraska State Police said. The 17-year-old had serious but non-life-threatening injuries, was hospitalized and arrested, the agency said.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez described the teenager’s condition as “serious”.

Nebraska State Police said troopers were told by Harris County authorities that the sedan “is believed to be involved in a homicide,” according to the state police statement.

Gonzalez tweeted on Friday that his homicide investigators were on the case and “coordinating with local authorities.”

This article was originally published on NBCNews.com

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