(NEW YORK POST) – Authorities say they located the remains of a Texas family who vanished before their son’s planned birthday party — and arrested a suspect.
Robert Satterfield, 36, was charged with murder Saturday after leading officials to a site on a rural Wharton County property where charred remains were discovered, the Houston Chronicle reported.
Investigators said that based on interviews, they believe the bodies belong to Maya Rivera, 24, Ray Shawn Hudson, 28, and their 5-year-old son Ray Shawn Hudson Jr.
The skeletal remains, however, are “at this point unidentifiable” because there was “an attempt to dispose of the bodies by burning them,” according to the Wharton County Sheriff’s Office.
Rivera’s mom reported the family missing June 10 when they didn’t show up to the boy’s birthday celebration at a park near their Angleton home.
Satterfield was then spotted Thursday driving the missing woman’s car, the Houston Chronicle reported.
He is being held in the Fort Bend County jail on $305,000 bond.
Authorities did not release a possible motive for the family’s slayings.