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Girlfriend of missing Houston boy's father arrested after body believed to be the boy found in Jasper motel room, Houston police say

The boy's body was found Tuesday in the 200 block of West Gibson Street at the Best Western Inn in the city.

JASPER, Texas — Houston Police have announced that the girlfriend of a missing boy's father has been arrested on charges of tampering with evidence.

Teresa Balboa was arrested by Jasper Police Tuesday night after a crime stoppers tip led them to a room at the Best Western Inn according to Houston Police Wednesday morning during a news conference.

Jasper officers found a child’s body in a motel room believed to be 6-year-old Samuel Olson, who was reported missing last week in southwest Houston.

Police in Houston Wednesday morning said they are still waiting on a positive ID on the body but they do believe it is Olson.

Crime scene investigators went to the motel early Wednesday morning, according to our sister station, KHOU.

Samuel turned 6 years old Saturday. He was reported missing last Thursday.

HPD said they had DPS issue a child safety alert through CPS. They said that goes directly to law enforcement in the case that an officer comes in contact with people listed on that alert.

Houston police searched the Gateway at Ellington apartment complex Monday. Texas Equusearch planned to conduct a physical search Tuesday, but it did not happen, saying the stories given to police don’t add up, which makes it difficult for them to know where to start.

Police said the last time they can independently verify his location is on April 30 when he was at school. Samuel’s paternal grandmother, Tonya Olson, said he was with her the following weekend. Olson said she heard him on the phone a little over a week ago.

Police said Sam attended Holbrook Elementary in Cy-Fair ISD. They said the little boy was reported missing Thursday by someone claiming Samuel was taken by another person.

Sam’s grandmother said they have now lost contact with her son’s girlfriend.

“Just bring Sam home. Just bring Sam home,” Olson said. “This can’t go on anymore. We need to know where he is. Where he is and that he’s safe and that he’s good. And that way he can have a birthday party.”

Police searched an apartment and towed a car overnight after getting a tip this was the last location Sam was seen.

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Credit: KBMT
Credit: KBMT

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