LIBERTY COUNTY, Texas –- A man northeast of Houston has been arrested after investigators said they found a body in a barn on his property.
Liberty County jail records show 44-year-old Billy Ray Bennett was held without bond Tuesday on charges of evidence tampering and abuse of a corpse.
Online jail records don't list an attorney for Bennett, who was arrested Monday after authorities received information about possible remains at the home and searched the place.
His home is located in the 26000 block of Highway 146 in northern Liberty County.
Bennett gave a verbal consent for the search, and deputies went to a barn about 30 yards behind his home. In the barn, deputies said they found the human remains of an unknown person wrapped in a tarp.
Liberty County sheriff's Sgt. Brian Bortz said the remains appeared to have been in the barn for several months, and it was not immediately possible to determine the age, sex or race of the person.
Justice of the Peace Ralph Fuller responded to the scene and ordered an autopsy to determine a possible cause of death and other vital information.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)