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Samuel Olson: Murder weapon used to kill beloved 5-year-old Texas boy possibly found

The murder weapon used to kill 5-year-old Texas boy Samuel Olson may have possibly been located, according to the chief prosecutor in the case.

Although details are scant, prosecutor Andrea Beall announced that investigators are working to determine if they indeed have the murder weapon that killed Samuel. Additional testing on the weapon is currently underway, according to ABC 13.

In court Thursday, prosecutors said they hope to have details regarding the weapon available soon.

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, after her roommate, Ben Rivera, called in a tip.

Balboa was arrested and charged with tampering with evidence, namely a corpse. She’s being held on a $600,000 bond.

Authorities arrested Rivera earlier this week after determining the timeline he provided didn’t match up. He’s now facing a tampering with evidence charge.

Rivera has since been released from jail after posting a $100,000 bond, but Beall said he’s cooperating with authorities. He’ll remain under home confinement until trial.

Investigators said that Samuel died from “homicidal violence” and blunt force trauma, but no one has yet been charged with his death.

Check back for updates.

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[Feature Photo: Samuel Olson/Facebook]