Dead body found by construction workers near burned car in north Harris County, sheriff says

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Friday, February 24, 2023
Construction workers find body near burned vehicle in N. Harris Co.
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Workers at a construction site found the burned vehicle, then a dead body was found about 50 yards away, Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said.

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) -- Investigators are working to figure out what happened to a man who was found dead near a burned vehicle at a construction site in north Harris County on Friday morning.

According to Harris County sheriff's office investigators at the scene, excavator workers saw a car on fire at a construction site in the 8100 block of Broadway Avenue near Grand Avenue around 5:25 a.m.

The workers contacted the fire department, and firefighters responded to the scene and extinguished the fire. While working the fire, officials noted that there was no one inside the charred vehicle.

Shortly after, one of the construction workers discovered a Hispanic man dead in wooded area near the car. Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said the discovery was made about 50 yards from the car.

Investigators said there was evidence of some kind of trauma to the body, though the man's body was not burned. The medical examiner's office was working to determine the man's identity and cause of death.

Investigators said they believe the burned car and body are connected. Deputies reportedly found articles of clothing near the car.

ABC13 crews at the scene said the discovery appears to have been made in a field that is being cleared for a construction project. Heavy machinery and construction crews were seen nearby.

There are a few buildings and homes bordering the cleared field, but the area is mostly remote.

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