The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Cold Case-Homicide Unit is seeking the public’s assistance in the 1984 disappearance and possible homicide of George H. “Bud” Sager Jr.
In January of 2010, George Sager’s sister, a resident of Arkansas, contacted MCSO Cold Case Detectives. In 1984, George Sager (30 yoa) was living on Sweetwater Lane in Houston and was a civilian employee of Harris County.
On Thursday, June 7, 1984, George Sager withdrew money from his bank at IH-45 and Spring Cypress Road for the purpose of paying closing costs associated with a home he was buying. George Sager was not seen or heard from again.
On Tuesday, July 3, 1984, Sager’s black 1980 Ford F-150 truck was found abandoned in the parking lot of the Crossroads Shopping Center at IH-45 and Hwy 105 in Conroe and an inspection of the truck did not reveal any leads. Based on the criteria concerning entering missing persons into the national database in 1984, it does not appear that George Sager was officially listed as missing.
MCSO Cold Case Detectives opened an investigation and entered George Sager Jr. into the national database, along with coordinating local law enforcement agencies in Arkansas and Hawaii to collect known DNA from Sager’s family. The DNA from Sager’s family was entered into the DNA database known as the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS).
In October of 2011, MCSO Cold Case Detectives were notified of a CODIS “hit” between DNA belonging to Sager’s family members and DNA collected from a human skull that had been found in Walker County, Texas, in 1989.
Cold Case detectives have learned that on Monday, December 18, 1989, an individual picking up aluminum cans along FM 1375, approximately 9/10 of a mile west of IH-45, found the skull on the side of the roadway. The skull had a short handwritten note from someone that has not been identified saying that they and found the skull in the woods could not become involved. It appears that the author of the note had moved the skull from the woods and placed it along the shoulder of the road where it would be discovered.
A Justice of the Peace ordered an examination of the human remains and the skull was transferred to the Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office. A cause and manner of death could not be determined. When DNA technology began to be used in unidentified human remains cases, DNA was collected from the skull and entered into CODIS. This resulted in the CODIS “hit” with George Sager Jr. and the positive identification through DNA.
Based on the details of the disappearance, Cold Case Detectives believe that Sager may have met with foul play and could have been a victim of a robbery. Detectives are seeking information about this case, including asking the individual that initially found Sager’s remains in the woods to contact Cold Case Detectives at 281-297-6510.
MCSO Cold Case Detectives urge anyone with a family member that has been missing for a long period of time to contact the investigating law enforcement agency and confirm that the individual is entered into the national database and explore the possibility of DNA being collected for CODIS.
Detectives have seen cases in which missing persons were never entered into the system or had been removed for an unknown reason. DNA may be the only way to link a missing person to unidentified human remains in nearby counties or across the nation.
VICTIM – (DECEASED):
George H. “Bud” Sager Jr.
W/M, 30 years of age at time of disappearance, 5’11”, 225 lbs, Brown hair / Brown eyes, former employee of Harris County, had resided on Sweetwater Lane, Houston, Texas.