DNA confirms human skull found is that of man missing since 1984

George H. 'Bud' Sager Jr. has been missing since 1984.

February 22, 2012 10:44:25 AM PST
Authorities say a human skull found back in 1989 in Walker County has been positively identified as that of a man who went missing in 1984, and now detectives need the public's help to gather more information about the disappearance and possible homicide of George H. 'Bud' Sager Jr.

The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) says in January 2010, Sager's sister, a resident of Arkansas, contacted MCSO Cold Case Detectives.

On June 7, 1984, Sager withdrew money from his bank at I-45 and Spring Cypress Road for the purpose of paying closing costs associated with a home he was buying. Sager was not seen or heard from again.

Then on July 3, 1984, Sager's black 1980 Ford F-150 truck was found abandoned in the parking lot of the Crossroads Shopping Center at I-45 and Highway 105 in Conroe and an inspection of the truck did not reveal any leads.

Based on the criteria concerning entering missing persons into the national database in 1984, it does not appear that George Sager was officially listed as missing.

MCSO Cold Case Detectives opened an investigation and entered George Sager Jr. into the national database, along with coordinating local law enforcement agencies in Arkansas and Hawaii to collect known DNA from Sager's family. The DNA from Sager's family was entered into the DNA database known as the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS).

Detectives have learned that on December 18, 1989, an individual picking up aluminum cans along FM 1375, just west of I-45, found the skull on the side of the roadway. The skull had a short handwritten note from someone that has not been identified saying that they found the skull in the woods and could not become involved. Detectives believe the author of the note had moved the skull from the woods and placed it along the shoulder of the road where it would be discovered.

An examination of the human remains was ordered and the skull was transferred to the Harris County Medical Examiner's Office where a cause and manner of death could not be determined.

In October 2011, detectives were notified of a CODIS "hit" between DNA belonging to Sager's family members and DNA collected from a human skull that had been found in Walker County in 1989.

Based on the details of the disappearance, detectives believe Sager may have met with foul play and could have been a victim of a robbery. Detectives are seeking information about this case, including asking the individual that initially found Sager's remains in the woods to contact MCSO Cold Case Detectives at 281-297-6510.

Authorities urge anyone with a family member that has been missing for a long period of time to contact the investigating law enforcement agency and confirm that the individual is entered into the national database and explore the possibility of DNA being collected for CODIS.

Sager, 30 years of age at the time of his disappearance, is described as a white male, 5 foot 11, 225 lbs, with brown hair and brown eyes. He was a former civilian employee of Harris County and had resided on Sweetwater Lane in Houston.