Remains found inside bin at Texas motel officially identified as 5-year-old Samuel Olson

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The body of a young boy discovered inside a Texas motel has officially been identified as Samuel Olson, a 5-year-old from Jasper who was reported missing just ahead of his sixth birthday.

An autopsy released late Wednesday by officials in Harris County also revealed the young boy’s cause of death to be homicide by blunt force trauma to the head, according to Click2Houston.

Theresa Balboa, the girlfriend of Samuel’s father, is facing a count of tampering with evidence, and prosecutors have already expressed intentions to file additional charges in connection with the case. She’s accused of placing the child’s body inside a small box and then leaving it in a storage unit in the city of Webster.

While Samuel had not attended school since April 30, investigators believe Balboa was looking after the boy until mid-May. On May 10 however, she called her roommate, an unidentified male, and told him that the Samuel was dead.

In an interview with authorities, the man said he returned home after the call and discovered Samuel bruised and unresponsive on the bed. From there, the pair moved the body into the bathtub, where it remained for two days. On May 13, the roommate allegedly purchased duct tape and a plastic bin, so he and Balboa could hide Samuel’s remains.

Eventually, they dropped it off at storage unit, though Balboa would return on May 31 with a different friend to pick up the foul-smelling container. They then drove to the motel in Jasper, about 115 miles northeast of Houston, where police would find Samuel’s body in a box the next day.

Officers also discovered 29-year-old Balboa inside the motel, hiding in the bathroom. She claimed in an interview with authorities that the boy was picked up from her Houston apartment and that she had not seen him since.

Samuel’s father, Dalton Olson, has not been charged but continues to face questioning in the case.

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