HOUSTON – Houston police said Friday they are investigating the discovery of a body in a southeast Houston field.
The incident was reported about 6:50 a.m. near the corner of Sandy Hook and Binghampton drives.
Police said that firefighters were the first to respond to the scene and reported that a person was dead at the scene.
"I go out every day to walk my dog, and the dog pulled me to the side. I thought it was an animal, but it was the body of a naked woman," said Alfredo Herrera, who found the body.
"She was wearing some kind of sheet around her neck. And (the killer) pretty much beat her up, and they strangled her," said Luis Salazar, a neighbor.
About an hour earlier, investigators said they responded to a second scene at an apartment complex on Arlington Square Drive, roughly 10 minutes away, where they found evidence that they now believe is connected to the discovery of the dead woman.
They were called to the apartments by someone who believed his female friend may have been dead inside one of the units.
"He was coming by to check on her. I guess they were in communication and after she hadn't called him and he made entry to the apartment. He just looked real quick. He thought he saw a foot, and he just ran out the door," said Houston Police Department Homicide Detective Willis Hoff.
Investigators found nothing inside the apartment, but they are now looking for the man who leases the unit. Police towed away a white SUV they say belongs to the man for whom they are looking.