New details in the search for two missing teenagers in White Oak Bayou. Investigators are now saying there's only one victim.
Eric Cabrera's body was recovered earlier Tuesday afternoon. He disappeared over the weekend after his truck crashed into the bayou.
A man riding his bicycle along Tidwell spotted the body and dialed 911. Houston police said the body was found about two and a half miles from the initial crash site.
Relatives rushed to the scene so they could be there to identify the body.
It was an agonizing day for the family of 18-year-old Eric Cabrera. His mother was so overcome with grief she collapsed after learning that the body recovered by divers in White Oak Bayou was that of her missing son -- her only child.
"From the clothing description, the tattoos, the family themselves we had some family members look at the body. All indications are it's him," said HPD Sgt. Brian Harris.
Tuesday afternoon, authorities called off the search for a second victim, a passenger, after re-interviewing the witness who claimed he saw two people inside the truck when it fell into the bayou near Fairbanks North Houston during a heavy rainstorm. Investigators say he was mistaken.
Cabrera was a tattoo artist and a father to a 2-year-old boy. A close family friend tells Local 2 he didn't like driving in the rain.
"I'm very sad about the situation with the young man," said one neighbor.
Neighbors gathered along the bayou's banks and watched as the body was loaded into the Medical Examiner's van. They can only imagine the pain and anguish Cabrera's family is experiencing right now.
"I'm keeping the family in my prayers," said Caroline D'Archangelo.
"God will keep them safe and strong," Demires Southern told Local 2. "That's all I can say."
Police don't suspect foul play. They say the injuries and trauma Cabrera sustained are consistent with what you'd expect to see on someone's who's been in a bad wreck.
The medical examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine how Cabrera died.