Foul play suspected in woman's disappearance

HOUSTON Irene Porras, 54, disappeared from her home in northwest Harris County and police are worried about what may have happened to her. Irene was last seen by her husband and adult son at the family's home on De Forest Street near Bammel North Houston Road at 10:20pm on the night of August 13. Her husband went to bed and her adult son went out, and that's the last they heard from her.

Construction workers found Irene's broken cell phone a week later. It had not been used since the night of Irene's disappearance when it was discovered along the service road of the Eastex Freeway just south of Beltway 8.

"Since that day she has not been heard from – from work, friends or family members," an investigator said. "We're asking for any help from anybody that can give us any type of information regarding Irene's whereabouts."

Irene's mother said, "Wherever she was going, she said don't worry, Mom. I'm not going to be home for a week, or two, or a month or whatever it was. She always called me, so this was very unusual."

Irene's purse and cell phone are gone, but the family vehicles were not taken. There's no sign of forced entry at the family's home. Authorities tell us Irene's husband is cooperating with their investigation.

Irene is a Hispanic female. She weighs 110 pounds and is approximately 5'2" tall with brown hair and brown eyes.

Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for any information called in to the 713-222-8477 (TIPS) hotline or submitted online at that leads to the identification, arrest and/or charging of any of suspect with a felony in this case. Tips can also be sent by text message -- Text TIP610 plus your tip to CRIMES (274637). All tipsters remain anonymous.

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