HUMBLE, Texas (KTRK) — A lowly teenager who was reported missing has been confirmed as the driver of a vehicle involved in a chase and crash three states away in Nebraska.
But in the latest details tweeted by Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, a female body was found in the trunk of the car, which authorities have also linked to the disappearance of 17-year-old Tyler Roenz’s mother.
The latest information released Friday did not mention or confirm the fate of Michelle Roenz, who along with Tyler were reported missing late Thursday morning in a Humble neighborhood.
Their disappearance triggered a CLEAR Alert over Texas, which has since ended in the wake of Tyler’s resurgence.
“Accident occurred near Aurora, Nebraska,” the sheriff tweeted. “The male driver has been identified as missing teenager Tyler Roenz. Tyler is being treated at a hospital and is said to be in serious condition. The body of a deceased female has been discovered in the trunk of the vehicle; the person’s identity remains unknown at this time.”
Earlier Friday afternoon, Gonzalez tweeted that the Mazda 3 vehicle linked to the mother and son’s disappearance was located in Nebraska and was involved in the chase with a male driver, although the sheriff did not release the driver’s identity at the time.
“Update: vehicle has been located in Nebraska,” Gonzalez tweeted. “With the assistance of the Nebraska State Police, a pursuit took place and the driver crashed. The male driver may have sustained injuries in the crash, but the extent is unknown. The identity of the driver has not yet been confirmed. Still active. scene.”
Gonzalez also mentioned earlier on Friday morning that their disappearance was “under suspicious circumstances or were missing under suspicious circumstances”, although he could not specifically describe why.
The sheriff’s office said the couple was last seen around 10 p.m. 11:40 a.m. Thursday in the 14700 block of Birch Arbor Court, which is in the Fall Creek neighborhood of the Humble area.
They were initially reported missing by a family member.
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