Vehicle found during search for missing mother in Missouri City not connected to her case, authorities say

HOUSTON – The search for missing mom Erica Hernandez resumed in Missouri City on Thursday at Buffalo Run Park.

Texas EquuSearch’s Tim Miller said teams began with a ground search at 9 a.m. with hopes of finding something that would lead them to Hernandez’s whereabouts.

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According to Miller, there was also a water search for her car using at least one boat with SONAR. On Thursday afternoon, Miller gave an update saying a vehicle had been found underwater, but it was unclear if it belonged to Hernandez.

The search continues for missing mom Erica Hernandez across the Houston area.
The search continues for missing mom Erica Hernandez across the Houston area.

Divers with the Houston Police Department were sent into the water to investigate. During an update by police, authorities confirmed that a vehicle had been found but it did not match the description of Hernandez’s vehicle.

“We don’t really have good news and we really don’t have bad news,” said L.J. Satterwhite with HPD. “... What we have found is a vehicle that was close but it doesn’t appear to be the same vehicle we are looking for and there is no one in the vehicle.”

Satterwhite said authorities are glad not to have found Hernandez inside the vehicle and will continue to do their best to find her. Satterwhite said only a portion of the lake has been searched, so they will continue to search the area.

“We ended up here because we are exhausting every possible lead that we can, and this really wasn’t a lead. This is just us turning over every stone in an effort to find Ms. Hernendez,” Satterwhite said. “... Our hope (is) that we don’t find her here, that we find Ms. Hernandez alive and well so that we can return her to her family.”

Hernandez, 40, was last seen on April 18, according to police. Local leaders, the FBI, and law enforcement have joined forces in recent weeks in hopes of discovering her whereabouts.

Satterwhite said there will be a separate investigation to determine whose vehicle was found and how it ended up in the water.

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