The burned body of a female was found by a rancher in Fulshear.
The Fulshear Police Department said a rancher checking on his property in the 6000 block of Katy Fulshear Road on Monday at 10:30 a.m. made the discovery along a secluded dirt road. The cause of death was possibly blunt trauma or strangulation, according to the medical examiner.
Officials said the victim was fully clothed and not sexually assaulted. Investigators do not know if the woman was killed at the location or moved there. The body was unrecognizable.
"The body was damaged pretty extensively, so we're going to have to use dental records to ID the body," Fulshear Police Chief Kenny Seymour said.
The victim was between 20 and 30 years old, 5 feet to 5 feet 2 inches tall and very petite. She had dark-colored hair with a possible red tint. She had extensive dental work in the past.
Officials said the victim was wearing jeans, a red top and a belt with several metal rivet designs. A small necklace pendant found on the victim may help identify her.
"It's awful, especially in this remote area. You think this area of Houston is safe," Fulshear resident Michelle Thompson said.
Anyone with information about the victim's identity or the case is asked to call the Fulshear Police Department at 281-346-2202 or the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office at 281-341-4665.