Investigators are still awaiting the results of an autopsy on the body of a yet-unidentified woman whose body was found on fire in George Bush Park early Wednesday morning.
The body of what is believed to be a black female in her 20s was found burning just feet off Westheimer Parkway near the Millie Bush Dog Park by passersby shortly after 1 a.m. yesterday morning.
Authorities on the scene said it was uncertain whether the victim was set on fire before or after she died. The exact cause of death was not immediately known.
During the initial investigation at the scene, Houston Police Department’s Jonathan French said the passersby initially thought it might be a mannequin on fire, but quickly realized it was a person.
Firefighters were called to douse the burning body. Police investigators then spent more than four hours investigating the crime scene.
Detectives said the body was heavily burned but fully clothed. The clothing was described as dark-colored jeans, black Sketchers tennis shoes and a distinctive belt with a floral design. The woman was possibly wearing a white shirt; however, due to the fire, the shirt information was not certain.
French said the unique design of the belt may help in identifying the woman.
“It’s a black leather belt on that has a sunflower-type designs cut out in the leather,” he said. “There’s a silver stud or some type of marking in between each one of these designs.”
Anyone who might have information on the woman’s identity is asked to contact HPD homicide 713-308-3699 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.