Teen Caught With Mother’s Body In His Trunk After High-Speed Police Chase

Teen had mother’s body in trunk of car when he crashed in Nebraska during police chase, officials say – CBS News

A mother’s body was found in Nebraska the day after her son was driving it. There were clues that trouble was already looming.

The police were alerted to be on the lookout for the family car and it was considered to be linked to a potential homicide.

The family’s Mazda was seen leaving the house at 11:44 a.m. on Thursday, and the driver fled when the Nebraska Highway Patrol attempted to stop it. The driver refused to pull over and a chase ensued, reaching speeds of more than 110 mph.

The car crashed and the 17-year-old driver suffered serious but non-lethal injuries, police said.

Tyler Roenz, 17, was arrested after authorities say they found his mother’s body in the trunk of his car. Michelle Roenz, Tyler’s mother, died from strangulation and blunt force trauma.

The Nebraska State Patrol said the teen’s condition was serious and that he would be returned to Texas after being released from the hospital. A murder charge is expected after he is interviewed in Houston.

Tyler Roenz is charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle, and authorities say that additional charges may follow. Anyone with information on the case is urged to contact the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

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