Firefighters discover woman's body at fire scene

February 22, 2013 1:29:46 PM PST
Authorities are investigating a gruesome discovery. A body was found under some debris at an old building in northeast Houston.

Houston Fire Department firefighters responded to a grass fire in the 1900 block of Gano. When they arrived, they extinguished a fire in the back of a vacant washateria, but after the fire was put out, firefighters found the victim's body beneath a piece of plywood.

She was badly burned and pronounced dead at the scene. The victim had no identification on her. She had two small star tattoos, one blue and one pink, on her left stomach area. It is believed the tattoos are stamps, and not permanent.

A woman who lives nearby, who preferred not to be identified, said she saw investigators looking through the debris.

"They found the body underneath the fire. All the trash, the debris that was on it," she said. "They were moving around the trash just to make sure it was not on anymore, any hot spots, and they found the body."

Anyone with information on a missing female or one with similar tattoos is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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