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Lake Conroe murder victim identified

MCSO PRESS RELEASE
CONROE- On Aug. 6, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office identified the body of a man found floating in the swimming area (Lake Conroe) near Scott’s Ridge and FM 1097 as 44-year-old Martin Soto of Conroe.

The investigation into Soto’s death is ongoing.

Anyone with information about this homicide is asked to contact the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office detectives at 936-760-5876 or Crime Stoppers.

Crime Stoppers will pay up to a $1000 cash reward for information leading to an arrest or indictment of a felony crime. Call 800-392-STOP (7867). Anonymous tips can also be made through the Montgomery County Crime Stoppers web page at www.montgomerycountycrimestoppers.org

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Second body was murder victim

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August 5, 2009

UPDATE 6:15 p.m.

Just after 3 p.m., swimmers at the Scott’s Ridge Recreational Area in the Sam Houston National Forest on the north end of the lake found what they thought was a log floating in the swimming area. Upon closer inspection, they realized it was the body of a middle-aged Hispanic male. The Pct. 1 Constable’s Office Lake Patrol responded, presuming it was a drowning victim. As they began to recover the body, they noticed multiple wounds, which appeared to be the result of a stabbing.

Pct. 1 officials then contacted the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. Members of the MCSO Major Crimes Division responded to the scene where about 20 swimmers were gathered. MCSO Capt. Bruce Zenor said the body appeared to have been in the water for approximately 24 to 36 hours and the victim was only wearing briefs.

The official time of death is listed as 3:02 p.m. Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace Lanny Moriarty conducted an inquest and ordered an autopsy.

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4 p.m.

A Sugarland man was found dead in Lake Conroe Tuesday evening near the FM 1097 bridge, after renting a boat earlier that day. On Wednesday afternoon, another body was recovered.

Officials with the Pct. 1 Marine Patrol Division said the first body was that of 69-year-old Subodh R. Mehta who contacted a boat rental facility from the lake and told an employee he was not feeling well and needed help to return to the marina. The employee took a boat to the area where Mehta was supposed to be, but found the boat empty.

The rental facility employee called 911 and Pct. 1 deputies initiated an immediate search, assisted by the North Montgomery County Fire Department. Within 45 minutes, Mehta’s body was found, floating near the FM 1097 bridge. The cause of death is not known. Mehta was reportedly an avid boater. Sources said Mehta had a heart problem and

Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace Lanny Moriarty conducted an inquest and ordered an autopsy.

On Wednesday, a second body was recovered from the lake around Scott’s Ridge. An investigation is underway by law enforcement and updates will be posted as they become available.

The identity of the second person has not been released.

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