Passing motorist spots dead man in car trunk

via Houston Chronicle: 

A passerby who told investigators he wanted to take something from an idling car he spotted in a ditch instead found the body of a man in the trunk in east Houston early Monday morning.

The body was discovered about 4 a.m. at 12800 Nimitz near Normandy in an abandoned car, said Jack Harvey, a homicide investigator with the Houston Police Department.

Harvey said the victim, who was not yet been identified, had been shot at least once in the chest and his face was swollen and cut as if he had been beaten. A bag of pills was found stuffed inside his pants.

Harvey said the passerby was driving on the road with his wife and their 4-month child when he spotted a gold, four-door car nose down in the ditch. The car was running and the windshield wipers were on. No one was inside it.

Harvey said the passerby told investigators he looked through the car for something he could take. Then he grabbed the keys from the ignition to look for stereo speakers in the trunk he could remove. Instead, when he opened the trunk he found the body. The victim was lying face down and was fully clothed. He appeared to be white and in his 20s.

The passerby drove to a nearby gas station and called 911.

Harvey said the passerby and his wife are not a suspects in the killing. They were very cooperative.

Harvey said investigators have few leads so far in the shooting. However, he added, it appeared the victim had been shot elsewhere, placed in the trunk, driven to the area and left where he was found. The car has not been reported stolen.

Investigators have no suspects or motive in the shooting.

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