Police in Texas said Wednesday they detained the boyfriend of a 16-year-old girl who disappeared Tuesday, the same day her mother and a teen relative were found shot to death in their Houston-area home.
Investigators issued an Amber Alert for 16-year-old Kirsten Fritch, saying they believed she was abducted. Baytown police announced hours later they detained her boyfriend, Jesse Dobbs, but had not found Fritch, Fox 26 reported. Police described Dobbs as a person of interest in the case.
Officers on Tuesday said they found the bodies of 37-year-old Cynthia Morris and 13-year-old Breanna Pavilicek inside the home. They said both Fritch and Pavilicek were daughters of Morris.
Officers found Dobbs in the Texas City area, south of Baytown. He is in his early-20s, according to local media.
Investigators described Fritch as 5-foot-1, weighing 135 pounds with green eyes and brown hair.
“It really shocks me,” Morris’ next-door neighbor Victoria Wenger told KHOU. “I didn’t hear of any problems.”
The mother’s car, a cream-colored 2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser, had been missing from the family’s home, but police recovered it after finding Dobbs.
Police said they found the bodies after another relative was unable to get in touch with Morris and Pavilicek.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.