Body discovered during search in SE Houston confirmed to be missing 14-year-old boy, HPD says

HOUSTON – A body found in search of a missing 14-year-old boy is confirmed to be the body of Carlos Lugo, officers with the Houston Police Department said.

Texas EquuSearch officials said they stumbled upon a body along a fence line in the 2000 block of Firnat Street Saturday.

Lugo was last seen about two weeks ago in the 2000 block of Tidwell Road, investigators said.

“According to the mother, she had dropped her son off in the area to get together with some friends. She dropped him off [and] then never heard from him again. That was unlike him. He would call and check in with her and she said she had not heard from him in about two weeks,” Heaverlo said.

Houston Police Departments Missing Persons Unit started looking into the case and contacted Texas EquuSearch, which discovered Lugo’s body. At the time, police said it was unclear if the person was a male or female. The body was in a state of decomposition and an autopsy was ordered to determine the person’s identity and cause of death.

“There’s a lot of uncertainty right now, but it’s a really unfortunate situation all the way across the board,” detectives said.

An autopsy by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences revealed Lugos suffered multiple gunshot wounds.

A neighbor who lives close to the scene said he heard gunshots on Wednesday but investigators said it is unknown when the shooting occurred.

“And then I was like it sounded really close and then this white Chevy pulls down the street and it is a dead end, you know. Not a lot of vehicles come through here unless you live here,” the man said.

Anyone with information in this case is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at (713) 308-3600 or speak anonymously with Crime Stoppers at (713) 222-TIPS.

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