Investigators say 42-year-old April Boggs was raped and then beaten to death with a baseball bat. Jewelry, cash, and her car were taken from her home in the 200 block of W. 18th Street. Police responded to a welfare check call after neighbors reported a foul odor emanating from the residence and they found Boggs dead body on the kitchen floor.
Her landlord told police Boggs recently kicked out Edgar Gonzalez Zavala who had been staying with her.
Zavala was arrested in her car for suspicion of DWI in Colorado County, Texas, the same day of the murder on July 29, but officers there didn't know about it. He was released on bond.
A bloody baseball bat and jewelry were found in that car. DNA tests later linked Zavala to the murder.
Zavala, 45, is charged with murder.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of suspect Edgar Zavala is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.