Body found riddled with bullets, wrapped in a tarp in Missouri City home may be related to kidnapping case, police say

An investigation is underway after police found a body wrapped in a tarp inside the living room of a home in Missouri City.
An investigation is underway after police found a body wrapped in a tarp inside the living room of a home in Missouri City.

MISSOURI CITY, Texas – Houston police are investigating a homicide case and a kidnapping case that may be related, a detective said

Family members of 29-year-old Michael Brown said his bullet-riddled body found wrapped in a tarp behind a couch inside a Missouri City home Tuesday morning is his.

“It is my little brother. I hate this has happened to him,” said sister Chase Smith. “He lived by the streets and unfortunately the streets took his life.”

On Monday, a woman who lives at the Missouri City home where Brown’s body was found, called police from somewhere in Houston to report that her boyfriend had kidnapped her.

Houston police arrested the boyfriend, HPD Lt. Jimmy Dotson said.

When the woman arrived at home early Tuesday morning, she called the police again.

“She was a little uncomfortable going into her home, (because) it looked like maybe the home had been burglarized,” Dotson said.

Inside, police found Brown’s body wrapped in a tarp behind a couch.

Dotson said his team will look into the possibility that the woman’s boyfriend, in jail on kidnapping charges, may have had something to do with Brown’s death.

“We do have another party who’s currently in jail who may eventually be a suspect,” Dotson said, referring to the boyfriend. “First we’re going to have to follow some leads.”

“We want to know, like, actually find who did this to (Michael),” said his niece, who did not want to be identified.

“How did he end up here? How did he wind up deceased,” she added.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Houston Police Department.


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