The Walker County Sheriff’s Office is releasing the identity of a body that was found in the Sam Houston National Forest near Huntsville.
Investigators say they made the discovery after they got what they call a bizarre, anonymous tip from a caller on a pay-phone Monday morning approximately 11:20 a.m.
Authorities say Cristian Zamora has been charged with murder in connection with 16-year-old Josael Guevara, a Klien Forest Sophomore whose body was found in a secluded section off the Sam Houston National Forest, East of Huntsville.
That anonymous caller’s tip pointed them near the intersection of FM 2929 and FM 2296. After searching the forest, deputies discovered the remains of Guevara on the north side of FM 2929.
Once on scene, local, state and federal authorities were able to identify a suspect vehicle from evidence that was discovered at the scene that had fallen out of the suspects vehicle.
Several hours into the investigation, the suspect and his vehicle were located at a Walker County residence where he was arrested and taken into custody.
According to Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace James Mature Guevara was “mutilated,” with cuts all over his body. He called it a horrific scene.
Zamora is in the Walker County Jail. His bond set at $1 million. Investigators say they have some idea what might have motivated the murder, but they are not yet willing to tell us because there may be other suspects.
Investigators say they do not believe this case will be tied to any other murders in Walker County.
Counselors will be on hand at Klein Forest to talk to grieving students.