Police have released new details about the disappearance and death of a South Houston teenage girl.
Karen Perez, 15, was found dead early Tuesday morning under the kitchen sink in an empty apartment at an abandoned complex at Avenue N and 16th Street, next to South Houston High School.
Perez had been missing since Friday after she didn’t come home from school. Surveillance video from a taqueria down the street from the high school showed Perez with two boys around noon on Friday.
Officials say Perez’s family requested they check the home of her boyfriend, who has since been arrested and is considered a suspect in her murder. Authorities say her boyfriend’s father also drove him around to look for Perez, but the suspect told his father to just take him home “because she is not alive.”
The suspect’s father reported the conversation to South Houston police who then obtained and searched two cell phones from the boy. Prosecutors say text messages from the suspect to Perez were found on one cell phone, instructing her to skip school and meet him at the tennis courts. According to officials, the suspect also told Perez in text messages that if she did not meet him, he would kill her, and her life will “end on bloods.”
Officials say a video that is black but contains clear audio was found on the second cell phone. In it, prosecutors say the suspect can be heard forcing Perez to have sex with him and calls her by her name. Prosecutors say Perez told the suspect she did not want to have sex, and he began choking her before Perez says, “I don’t want to die.”
The suspect is charged with murder and is expected to be back in court on Thursday morning.