Body found decomposing in field identified as missing Texas girl

Texas authorities said Friday that a body found decomposing in a field earlier this week is that of missing 14-year-old Adriana Coronado, ending the search that started when police found her father dead from a gunshot wound in a rural area.

Houston police spokeswoman Jodi Silva said Adriana’s body was found in west Houston on Wednesday afternoon. The body was lying in an open field a few feet from the road. Adriana was identified through fingerprint verification by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.

A cause of death for the teenager has not yet been determined, Silva said.

The girl was last seen Saturday in the Houston suburb of Texas, where she lived. Investigators believe that she may have been with her father, Cesar Vladimir Coronado, when he was killed.

Cesar Coronado’s body was found Sunday in Walker County, about 80 miles north of Houston. His burned pickup truck was found near Conroe, 45 miles south of his body.

The Walker County Sheriff’s Office released a surveillance video Thursday of a person of interest in the case. The video showed an unidentified heavyset man leaving the father’s truck in Conroe Sunday night.

The truck is then driven off screen and a few second later, a bust of light can be seen coming from the direction of the truck. Authorities believe the burst of light was when the truck was set on fire. The man can be seen running away from the burning truck and then running down an alley.

Walker County Sheriff Clint McRae said that while the unidentified man’s face is not clear on the video, he is hoping someone might be able to identify him by looking at his build, the way he was dressed or how he walks and runs.

“This is going to be crucial in solving this case,” McRae said.

Investigators said the man might have been picked up by a dark-colored SUV.

McRae has said that investigators don’t have a motive in the case and don’t know what the father was doing in Walker County.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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