The dad of a Texas boy found dead in a hotel insists that he had nothing to do with his death.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Sam Olson was reported missing on May 27. His stepmother, Theresa Balboa, told police that the boy’s mother, Sarah Olson, and a man dressed as a policeman came to her Webster apartment and demanded the child.
As Houston police investigated, they noted “inconsistencies” in Balboa’s statements. On June 1, Jasper police found Sam’s body inside a Best Western hotel in Jasper.
Jasper Police Chief Gerald Hall said although the body has not been officially identified, they strongly believe it to be Samuel. The child’s body was found inside a tote bag inside one of the rooms. Hall said there were signs that the boy had been there for a while.
Sam’s father, Dalton Olson, said that Balboa had been watching the boy since April 30, which turned out to be the last day he attended school.
Dalton Olson has since retained an attorney, who told Click 2 Houston that Olson is in no way involved in the incident.
”He had nothing to do with the death of his son,” attorney Samuel Veenstra said. “(The) family is in mourning, shocked and in disbelief.”
Olson has not been named a suspect in the case.
Balboa is currently charged with tampering with evidence; additional charges can follow, pending the cause of death results.
Balboa assisted in the search for young Sam on Monday, and afterward, called a friend for help. Court documents a male friend was caught on surveillance video helping Balboa carry a black and yellow tote from a truck into the JBest Western room.
The following day, on Tuesday, the man anonymously called Crime Stoppers, telling them Balboa was at the motel with the body of a child.
Balboa was transferred from Jasper County to the Houston jail on Friday.
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[Featured image: Samuel Olson/police handout]