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HPD: Missing man found dead in trunk of vehicle at impound lot

Houston police were looking for James Gerald Martin III after a man was found shot to death inside his home.

HOUSTON — The man Houston police were looking for after another man was found shot to death at his house was found dead Wednesday inside a vehicle at the Houston Police Department's impound lot, the department said.

Police were looking for James Gerald Martin III, 37, after they went to his home on Jan. 27 and found Dana Ryssdal, 35, dead from multiple gunshots.

Ryssdal's truck and Martin were nowhere to be found, but police took Martin's vehicle from his garage and towed it to their impound lot to be processed for evidence. Because police were unaware of Martin's involvement in the case, they said they didn't look inside his vehicle.

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On Jan. 30, police said they found Ryssdal's abandoned truck off the roadway on Cullen Boulevard near Yellowstone Boulevard.

It wasn't until Feb. 1 that police were able to secure a search warrant to look through Martin's car, which was still in their impound lot. That's when they said they found his body. He, too, had been shot multiple times.

The motive for the shootings is not known and no suspects have been identified.

The Houston Police Department is asking anyone with information on these shootings to please call HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or speak anonymously with Crime Stoppers at 713-222-8477.

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