In a grim ending to the search for a missing Texas family of three, authorities believe they have found their remains, The Facts reports.
Tim Miller, who has been assisting families in finding and recovering missing loved ones through his organization, Texas Equusearch, said he was at the scene when the bones were recovered Saturday.
“They were murdered, burned, and buried,” Miller told CrimeOnline, adding that it was a tremendously hard Father’s Day.
Rayshawn Hudson, 28, Maya Rivera, 24, and their 5-year-old son, Rayshawn “Baby Ray” Jr., of Angleton, were last seen May 10, according to police. The family was due to celebrate Rayshawn Jr.’s birthday the next day, and family members became worried when they were a no-show, the Houston Chronicle reports.
“It is believed these remains to be the same of Hudson, Rivera and their child, the Wharton County Sheriff’s Office wrote in a press release Sunday. “The remains are at this point unidentifiable as there had been an attempt to dispose of the bodies by burning them.”
DNA tests will be administered to confirm the identities of the missing family members.
Authorities arrested 36-year-old Robert Allen Satterfield on three charges of murder, which could be upgraded to capital murder charges, in relation to the deaths, according to The Facts. The media outlet added that the suspect was reportedly “linked to the property” where the bodies were found.
The alleged killer was already in jail on unrelated charges in Fort Bend County when investigators reportedly brought him to the property in Wharton County, located about 50 miles from the slain family’s home, before finding the remains. He was subsequently charged Saturday.
Miller said in his 18 years of helping to find missing loved ones, that the victims’ stories have become “worse and worse” over the years.
“When I started at Texas Equusearch 18 years ago, I thought it was bad,” Miller told CrimeOnline. “What we do today, I am telling you….it has gotten so much worse than when we started it. I mean, I’ve seen stuff today that is absolutely unheard of.”
A motive has not yet been revealed, and anyone with information regarding the tragic case is asked to contact Angleton police at 979-849-2383.
Satterfield is being held at the Fort Bend County Jail in lieu of a $305,000 bond.
[Feature Photo: Maya Rivera, Rayshawn Hudson, & Rayshawn Hudson Jr./ Texas Equusearch]