HOUSTON (AP) — Police say a body found this week has been identified as a 13-year-old Houston-area girl who had been missing since her father was found fatally shot in a rural area north of the city.
Houston police spokeswoman Jodi Silva said Friday evening that a decomposing body found in west Houston on Wednesday has been identified as Adriana Coronado.
The girl had been missing since Saturday. Adriana had been the subject of an Amber Alert after her father was found dead Sunday.
Investigators believe Adriana might have been with her father, Caesar Vladimir Coronado, when he was killed. His body was found Sunday about 80 miles north of Houston in Walker County.
Silva says a cause of death for Adriana is pending.
The Walker County’s Sheriff’s Office on Thursday released surveillance video of a person of interest in the case.
Caesar Vladimir Coronado’s burned body was found in Walker County and his pickup was found in Montgomery County, just to the south.
Walker County Sheriff Clint McRae said Thursday that police want to find a man seen in a surveillance video running from the burning pickup in an industrial park in Conroe.
The video shows a Ford F-150 driving through the shot until it is parked just off camera. Then there appears to be a small explosion as a man runs away. In another video that McRae released, the man jogs down a nearby alley and into a parking lot.
McRae told reporters that investigators think speaking to the man in the videos will be “crucial in solving this case.”
He said investigators need to find and interview the man in the video. Finding him could be difficult given the darkness of the video (it was taken around 10:20 p.m.) and the fact that there is no clear shot of the man’s face.
“It’s going to take an individual who is familiar with and knows this potential suspect” to identify him through his manner of walking, his clothing and his profile, McRae said. Authorities believe the man is Hispanic, he added.
There is no obvious motive in the case, McRae told reporters.