HOUSTON — A murder suspect is on the run and police are hoping the public can help them track him down.
A Colorado County trooper arrested Edgar Gonzales Zavala on July 18 but didn't realize a bloody bat in his car was allegedly used to murder a Heights woman that same day, according to court documents.
The victim's body wasn't discovered until July 29 when her landlord reported smelling a strong odor coming from her residence in the 200 block of West 18th.
April Boggs’ body was lying on the kitchen floor and several items appeared to be missing. Tiffany jewelry boxes and a jewelry drawer had been opened and dumped on the ground.
An autopsy determined that Boggs, 42, died from blunt force trauma to the head and she had been sexually assaulted. Her death was ruled a homicide.
Neighbors told investigators that her white 2007 Acura was missing from its usual parking spot. Investigators learned the car had been impounded in an auto storage yard in Weimar, Texas.
Investigators said Zavala was driving the Acura when he was arrested for drunk driving and the car was impounded.
The trooper noted Zavala had jewels in his pocket and he saw a bloody bat on the front passenger floorboard, but the car was sent to the storage yard anyway.
When investigators retrieved the car from the storage yard, the bloody bat was still inside. DNA tests confirmed the blood was Boggs.
Zavala had been living with Boggs and became upset when she asked him to leave, according to court documents. She was killed two days later.
Zavala has been charged with murder, but police can't find him.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.