Houston man killed girlfriend, stuffed her body in car trunk, police say

MISSOURI CITY, Texas – A Houston man confessed to killing his girlfriend, stuffing her body in the trunk of a car and leaving the car in Missouri City, police said.

Troy Parker, 20, was arrested in connection with the death of Sabrina Herrera, 19, whose body was found Monday.

Missouri City police said Herrera’s family reported her missing and used the Find a Friend iPhone app to locate her car in the 1600 block of Bent Oak Drive.

"They had used an app on the iPhone to locate her vehicle. It was very unlike her not to check in or to be missing for this period of time. They located her vehicle. They called the police department," Capt. Paul Poulton, with the Missouri City Police Department, said.

An officer inspected the car and found Herrera’s body in the trunk, police said.

Investigators said they traced Herrera’s whereabouts during Monday afternoon and determined that Parker was the last person to see her.

Police said that during an interview with detectives, Parker confessed to killing Herrera at his home on Quail Run in Houston. He told detectives that he drove her vehicle to Missouri City with her body in the truck and parked the car on Bent Oak Drive.

"He was just really matter-of-fact of what had occurred. He did show some remorse," Poulton said.

Parker's neighbors are shocked after hearing the allegations.

"I couldn't believe he was that type of dude. I didn't know he did stuff like that. Thought he had something for his self and his life," said a neighbor who didn't want to be identified.

Neighbors said Parker lived with his twin brother and their adoptive mother and was a star football player in high school. They thought he had a bright future.

"He came over, shot some basketballs a couple of times, talked about sports and work and I just thought he was a good kid. I didn't know he was that type of kid," the neighbor said.

Police won't release information on how the victim died until the medical examiner performs an autopsy.

Parker was charged with murder, tampering with evidence and abuse of a corpse. He was being held in the Fort Bend County Jail.

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