A missing Texas teenager was arrested in Nebraska after authorities discovered a dead woman in the trunk of his car, officials said.
About 3 p.m. on Oct. 14, authorities with the Nebraska State Patrol near Grand Island located and pursued a Mazda 3 suspected to be connected with a homicide in Texas.
“A trooper attempted a traffic stop, but the driver of the vehicle fled at a high rate of speed,” state patrol officials said, noting speeds during the chase reached in excess of 110 m.p.h.
Around nine miles later, the Mazda attempted to slow down but hit the back of a tractor trailer, went off the roadway and struck a tree.
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The driver suffered severe injuries, and troopers at the scene “located a deceased woman in the trunk of the car,” officials said.
The driver, 17-year-old Tyler Roenz, was arrested and transported to an area hospital, where he was in serious condition and being treated for what are believed to be non-life-threatening injuries.
According to authorities in Harris County, Texas, the teenager and his mother, Michelle Roenz, 49, were reported missing the evening of Oct. 13 and had last been seen at their residence in Humble shortly before noon that day.
The woman found in Tyler Roenz’s trunk has not been officially identified.
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