Man Mutilated And Tortured To Death In Houston
Body Of Man Found In Bayou Endured Torture Before Death
Official: 15 Holes Cut Into Body Were To Help Body Sink In Bayou
HOUSTON -- Police want to track down the relatives of a 50-year-old man who investigators say was mutilated and tortured before being killed.
"This man's last 30 minutes were terrible, terrifying, horrible," Houston Police Department homicide Sgt. Jim Binford told the Houston Chronicle for its Tuesday editions. "He was horribly mutilated and tortured before he was killed."
A pedestrian spotted Luis Manuel Munoz's body in Brays Bayou on Aug. 15. Binford said that Munoz died from gunshot wounds, which only told part of the story.
Binford, who declined to detail the mutilations for investigative reasons, said 15 large holes cut in Munoz's torso and abdomen was evidently to help the body sink. A heavy weight was fastened to one of Munoz's ankles with chain.
Binford said the measures to make the body sink might have worked had the killers gotten the body into deep water rather than leaving him near the bank.
A naturalized U.S. citizen originally from Cuba, Munoz came to Houston in 1986 and his local criminal record began the same year. By 2002 Munoz, known by several other names as well, had accumulated nearly a dozen convictions for burglary, theft, auto theft, evading arrest, as well as other misdemeanors.
On Monday, Munoz's body had been at the Harris County Medical Examiner's Office for a week. Binford said no one had reported him missing or come forward to claim his body.
"We need to find his family, to find out what he was doing in the days before he died," Binford said.
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