ABC13 Houston is reporting that police have taken a person of interest into custody in connection with the disappearance of 12-year-old Jonathan Foster. The news outlet says, “Houston police are still waiting for official identification from the Medical Examiner’s Office, but investigators are proceeding as if a burned body found… is that of Jonathan Foster.”
Sad news, to be sure. Houston police have extensively interviewed Foster’s mother and step-father, and their Mercedes-Benz was towed yesterday, though police have not said why. Foster’s mother, Angela Davis, told police, “I got two phone calls at work. My job told me that my son called one time saying it was an emergency, and I never got that call. The second time I got a phone call from my boss. She said that it was a lady, and by the time I got to the phone they hung up.”
According to Detective Fil Waters, though, Davis’ account leaves out a phone call she made. He says, “Sometime between 1:45 and 2:10 p.m., the mother receives a phone call, makes a phone call, and speaks to what she believes is a female with a gruff voice and hears her son’s voice in the background. The phone is suddenly hung up.”
Foster’s step-father, David Davis, told police, “I think a pedophile took him. That’s what I think and I want him back. I want revenge. Something, something like that, you know,” and then trailed off.
San Antonio affiliate KSAT reports that the FBI is involved in Foster’s case and that “agents have been checking in with every registered sex offender in the area.” Foster was last seen at 1:45 Friday afternoon but was not reported missing until after 9 that night. An Amber Alert was not placed on the boy until Monday.
The CBS Crimesider blog reports that the person of interest is a woman who is not a relative of the boy and that “detectives have collected a considerable amount of evidence linking her to the boy’s disappearance.” Investigators removed evidence from the woman’s home earlier today.
We will keep you updated as details on this story develop.