‘Case is very confusing’: Paternal grandmother makes tearful plea in mysterious disappearance of 5-year-old Samuel Olson

Child found dead in motel room believed to be Samuel Olson
Child found dead in motel room believed to be Samuel Olson

HOUSTON – The family of 5-year-old Samuel Olson is asking for the public’s help for information that would lead to the boy’s whereabouts.

Olson’s father, Dalton Olson, and his girlfriend, Theresa Balboa, told investigators that the boy was last seen last Thursday in southwest Houston. Balboa said Samuel’s mother and a man dressed as a police officer came to her apartment and took the child.

Child found dead in Jasper motel room believed to be body of missing 5-year-old Samuel Olson, KPRC 2 source says

Moreover, while the boy’s father alleges the boy’s mother took him, the Houston Police Department said when the boy’s mother was questioned, she told investigators that she does not know of his whereabouts either. Police said that the last verifiable place Samuel was seen was at his elementary school on April 30.

On Tuesday, a search warrant was issued at an apartment where Olson was staying over the last few weeks in hopes detectives will find any clues that would lead to the boy’s whereabouts.

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Texas EquuSearch has joined volunteers, family and HPD detectives in the search for Samuel.

The boy’s paternal grandmother, Tonya Olson, made a plea Tuesday that if someone knows something to please come forward. She said Samuel loves dinosaurs, Buzz Lightyear, Woody and Forkey, and he has a funny personality.

“We just need information on anybody that knows anything to please contact HPD or EquuSearch Tim,” Tonya Olson said. “They’re all working very hard. This case is very confusing like HPD said last night. There’s conflicting stories and they’re sorting out those issues at the moment. The last person Sam was seen with was Teresa Balboa.”

She said she and the family just found out the information about Balboa last night and are devastated and that they can’t find her now. Tonya Olson said the last time she spoke to Balboa was on Monday.

“The most important thing is, if anybody knows where she is at, to please contact HPD. Theresa if you’re watching this, you need to contact HPD, if you’re telling the truth, you have God on your side. My son and us know nothing and we are shocked and devastated for everybody involved,” Tonya Olson said.

She said Samuel has not been with his mother since Jan. 6.

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She also denied the investigators saying that Samuel was last seen on April 30.

“And to clear up that rumor that no one has seen Sam since April 30 is a lie. I just provided you guys with pictures with dates,” Tonya said. “He was with us. Dalton is not a bad father and he would never harm that baby and loves him to death. He would die for him.”

She said that May 2 was the last time she was with Samuel.

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Samuel was wearing a gray t-shirt with the Kool-Aid man on it, jean shorts, and white “Buzz Lightyear” tennis shoes. Samuel was also wearing two mismatched superhero socks. Olson is 3 feet 9 inches tall and weighs 50 pounds. He has blue eyes.

“Samuel has golden-brown hair, but he also has a patch of white hair on the back/right of his head. He is missing two of his bottom teeth, and he has a crease (or pointed area) on the top of his left ear,” according to Texas EquuSearch.

Anyone with information concerning Samuel or his whereabouts is urged to contact the Houston Police Missing Persons Division at (832) 394-1840 or Texas EquuSearch at (281) 309-9500.


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