Woman's body found dumped in ditch

February 22, 2009 4:13:28 PM PST
A woman's body was found dumped in a ditch in far northwest Harris County.[SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

Investigators are trying to identify the body and figure out how it got there. The victim was found off Warren Ranch and Jack Road near the Waller County line.

Deputies say a passerby spotted the body around 7am Sunday. They tell us the woman was either a white or Hispanic woman in her 20s or 30s. They do not believe the body had been there very long.

They are calling this a homicide, saying they did find evidence of foul play. They do not know if she was killed at the ditch or dumped there later.

The woman's body has been taken to the medical examiner's office for an autopsy.

Law enforcement is paying close attention to reports of missing women in the area. Two women have gone missing in the Houston area in the last few weeks. One of them disappeared yesterday near Tomball.

Family and friends are passing out flyers Sunday looking for Sabrina Tolentino Pina. Investigators say she disappeared while running errands in northwest Harris County. Her husband last spoke with her just before noon Saturday. Her truck was found in a Kohl's parking lot off 249 and Spring Cypress with her bags still inside.

Pina's family is desperate to find her and her husband says it's not like her to be out of touch.

"I hope she's safe," said her husband Edward Pina. "We're working hard to get her back. All I care about is her safety."

"I didn't get any sleep last night, but you have to do what you have to do, when you love your kids," said Mary Helen Tolentino who is Sabrina Pina's mother.

Her family doesn't believe Sabrina actually went into the Kohl's store. They say there's some surveillance video from a nearby sonic restaurant, showing her pulling in for lunch. But, after that, there's been no contact with her. It's been almost three weeks since another Houston area woman went missing.

Susana De Jesus disappeared outside her job in Pearland back on February 2nd. Investigators say she was forced into her car at gunpoint. She hasn't been seen since. A man was later caught on camera, driving De Jesus's car. The car later turned up. That driver hasn't been found.

If you know anything about the previous cases give Crime Stoppers a call. The number is 713-222-TIPS. You don't have to give your name.

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