A 14-year-old Texas girl whose father was shot and burned died of multiple gunshot wounds, according to the coroner’s case report posted on the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences website.
Adriana Coronado was last seen March 12 in the Houston suburb of Katy. Her decomposing body, discovered Wednesday in a field near the Sam Houston Parkway outside Houston, was identified through fingerprints a couple of days ago, authorities said.
The coroner’s report said her death was a homicide caused by multiple gunshot wounds.
Authorities started looking for the girl after the body of her father, Caesar Vladimir Coronado, was found shot and burned March 12 in Walker County, 60 miles from Katy, CNN affiliate KTRK reported.
His burned-out pickup truck was found in Montgomery County, just to the south, on Sunday.
Walker County sheriff’s investigators believe Coronado witnessed the murder of father before she was killed, KTRK reported.
Walker County Sheriff Clint McRae said Thursday that police want to find a man seen in a surveillance video running from the burning pickup in an industrial park in Conroe.
The video shows a Ford F-150 driving through the shot until it is parked just off camera. Then there appears to be a small explosion as a man runs away. In another video that McRae released, the man jogs down a nearby alley and into a parking lot.
McRae told reporters that investigators think speaking to the man in the videos will be “crucial in solving this case.”
There is no known motive in the case, McRae told reporters.