Body found in drainage ditch identified as missing Kingwood teen

By Daniela Sternitzky-Di Napoli - Digital News Editor, Sally Mamdooh - Reporter

PORTER, Texas - Police are investigating after the body of a missing Kingwood teen was found in a drainage ditch.

The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office confirmed the body belonged to 18-year-old Tristan Maddux.

Deputies said they were called out to investigate near Hill and Sorters roads, after a group discovered the body.

Detectives said residents from the Summer Hills subdivision, which borders Hill Road, were walking on a dirt road when they found the body. 

The area where Maddux was located opens into a large area of sand pits and lakes, authorities said.

Maddux was reported missing Saturday and was found the next day around 10 a.m. in Porter.
Investigators said Maddux was shot and left at that location.

KPRC2 spoke to a woman close to the family and she said it comes as a shock to the Kingwood community.

“I looked at my kids and said, you know, that could have been my child that that happened to. We don’t know the circumstances of what happened, it could have been any person's child in this community. They run in the same circles. It's just shocking ... horrifying ... it's too overbearing to imagine,” she said.

The woman said Maddux was a well-liked and happy young man. He used to attend Kingwood High School.

“He was always a spunky, sweet, kind, easy-going kid with a fabulous sense of humor. When I remember him, it's smiling or laughing. He is just a happy young man,” the woman said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office at 936-760-5876 or Crime Stoppers at 800-392-STOP.

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