Missing Texas teen arrested after body found in trunk following Nebraska car chase

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A 17-year-old was arrested in a Texas murder investigation after authorities said he was leading troops to Nebraska in a high-speed chase with a woman’s body in a car, authorities said.

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

Tyler Roenz and his mother, Michelle Roenz, 49, went missing Thursday night, according to the sheriff’s office, which patrols the Houston area. Officials said both were last seen Thursday morning at their Humble, Texas home. Authorities did not provide any further information about the woman on Friday.

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

Soldiers found the sedan in traffic and chased it, with speeds of 110 mph observed on Interstate 80 near Grand Island, according to the statement.

About 9 miles west, the sedan hit a large drill and then a tree before coming to a stop, Nebraska state police said. The 17-year-old sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries, was hospitalized and arrested, the agency said.

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

Nebraska State Police said the soldiers had been informed by Harris County authorities that the sedan was “allegedly involved in a murder,” the state police statement said. Gonzalez tweeted on Friday that his homicide detectives were working the case and “coordinating with local authorities.”


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