Walker County Sheriff ID's Body Found in Sam Houston National Forest

By: Nicole Morten Email
By: Nicole Morten Email

The Walker County Sheriff's Office is releasing the identity of a body that was found Sunday night in the Sam Houston National Forest near Huntsville.

Investigators say they made the discovery after they got what they call a bizarre, anonymous tip from a caller on a pay-phone. Authorities say Cristian Zamora has been charged with murder in connection with 16-year-old Josael Guevara whose body was found Sunday night in a secluded section off the Sam Houston National Forest, East of Huntsville.

That anonymous caller's tip pointed them near the intersection of FM 2929 and FM 2229. After searching the forest, deputies discovered the remains of Guevara on the north side of FM 2929. Once on scene, local, state and federal authorities were able to identify a suspect vehicle from evidence that was discovered at the scene.

Several hours into the investigation, the suspect and his vehicle were located at a Walker County residence where he was arrested and taken into custody.

Walker County Sheriff Clint McRae says investigators have arrested and charged 22-year-old Cristian Zamora with the murder of a man whose body was found Monday in the Sam Houston National Forest near Huntsville. Investigators say Zamora is from El Salvador.


Authorities are investigating a homicide after a body was found in the Sam Houston National Forest east of Huntsville.

According to Walker County Sheriff Clint McRae, authorities received an anonymous call from a payphone around 11:20 a.m. Monday about the location of a dead body. Officials responded and located the body of a Hispanic man on FM 2296 near the intersection with FM 2929.

FM 2929 was blocked off all afternoon. When News 3 was on scene, a Sam Houston Funeral van was allowed to pass through. Sheriff McRae confirmed the funeral van transported the body and said the man's identity is being withheld until next of kin has been notified.

Authorities said although a suspect has not been named in the case, evidence found at the scene, such as tire marks, are being actively investigated.

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