HOUSTON— Investigators have discovered a weapon that could have been used to murder a 5-year-old Houston kid whose body was discovered in an East Texas motel after being stored in a storage unit.
According to Andrea Beall, a prosecutor with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, the firearm was being analyzed to see if it was the one used to kill Samuel Olson.
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“We won’t stop until we achieve justice for little Samuel,” Beall added, declining to reveal what kind of weapon was found or used to kill the kid.
The information was made public on the same day that a third person was charged in the case. All three have been charged with evidence tampering, but prosecutors said earlier this month that they expect to file further charges against one of them, Theresa Balboa, who was Samuel’s father’s girlfriend.
Samuel’s death was declared a homicide, but no details on how he died have been released.
Dylan Walker, 27, was indicted by a Jasper County grand jury on Thursday. There was no counsel listed in court documents who could speak on his behalf. Balboa and her roommate, Benjamin Rivera, have been charged before.
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Authorities say Walker assisted Balboa in transporting Samuel’s body from a suburban Houston storage unit to a motel in Jasper, approximately 135 miles northeast, where it was discovered inside a plastic container in a room Walker rented for Balboa on June 1.
According to an arrest complaint, police suspect Samuel, who would have turned 6 on May 29, perished weeks before Balboa reported him missing on May 27. His body was stored in a bathtub at Balboa and Rivera’s suburban Houston residence until May 13, when it was placed in a tote and hidden in a storage unit, according to investigators.
According to investigators, after assisting Balboa in moving the body to Jasper, Walker called authorities to inform them of its location.
Balboa was allegedly on her way to Louisiana when she was apprehended in Jasper, according to prosecutors.
Balboa, 29, is still being held in jail on a $600,000 bond. After posting bond, Rivera, 27, and Walker were released.
In a statement, Samuel’s mother, Sarah Olson, said, “I’m pleased justice is beginning to be served.”
Since filing for divorce in January 2020, Samuel’s parents have been embroiled in a heated custody dispute. His mother had primary custody, but according to her attorneys, she hadn’t seen her kid since the summer of 2020.
Since April 30, when he was last seen at school, Samuel had been living with Balboa. Samuel had been residing with Balboa instead of his parents, according to authorities.