Nebraska Police Pursue and Catch Texas Teen During Car Chase and Find His Mother’s Body in Car Trunk

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A police chase in Nebraska on Friday, October 14, 2022 resulted in a grim discovery. Police found a body in the trunk of the vehicle they were chasing. The car was driven by a teenage driver, and the body in the trunk was identified as a missing Texas woman, the boy’s mother.

The deceased woman was identified as Michelle Roenz, 49, from Houston. The place chase resulting in 17-year-old Tyler Roenz crashing on Interstate 80 near Grand Island. He received treatment at a local hospital after suffering injuries in the accident. 

Nebraska Police Patrol said they had received an alert for “a Texas-bound car believed to be involved in a homicide [that] was spotted leaving the town.”

A trooper tried to pull the teen driver over, but the driver sped away and the chase ensued, with speeds reaching about 110 mph, until the car crashed. 

Harris County Sheriff, Ed Gonzalez, confirmed that the teen’s injuries were serious, requiring him to be transferred to a hospital in Omaha for further treatment.

The mom, Michelle Roenz, and her son Tyler, were reported missing from their home on Thursday by Tyler’s father. He also reported the family car missing. Suspecting foul play, homicide officers from Texas came to the Texas home, and based on the evidence collected, they issued a rescue warning for both Michelle Roenz and Tyler.

The autopsy report indicates that Michelle Roenz died due to blunt force trauma and strangulation, Thomas Gilliland, a Harris County deputy, said.

Tyler Roenz was charged with the murder of his mother and tampering with evidence in her death and disappearance.

At the time of his disappearance, Tyler Roenz was out on a bond of $15,000 after being charged with a third-degree felony stemming from an alleged sexual assault on a young woman.

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