MYSTERY surrounds the case of a missing six-year-old boy who vanished from Houston, Texas.
While cops believe the little boy disappeared weeks ago, the boy's stepmom, who claimed she saw the boy on Thursday, May 27, 2021, has also gone missing.
Who is Theresa Balboa?
Therese Balboa is Samuel Olson's dad's fiancée.
She has also been reported missing on Tuesday, June 1, 2021.
The boy's father, Dalton Olsen, told FOX 26 that she hasn't been seen since Monday when they went out to post flyers about Samuel's disappearance.
According to court records, Balboa was charged with assaulting and "impeding [the] breathing" of Samuel's dad in November 2020 and allegedly choked Olson, Click2Houston reported.
He was granted a restraining order against her, barring Balboa from having direct contact with Olson or his family – but the couple claims they have resolved their issues.
“This is about Sam,” Olson said when asked about the incident, insisting his son wasn't around at the time of the alleged choking incident.
When did Samuel Olson go missing?
Samuel Olsen was reported missing on May 27, 2021, though cops believe he may actually have vanished a month ago.
Police fear the body found in a motel room inside a tote bag on Tuesday June1, 2021, may be of Samuel Olson.
Jasper police Chief Gerald Hall told FOX 4 that police believe the body is likely that of Samuel, who was reported missing in the Houston area.
The chief said the child's body appeared to be in the motel for some time.
Houston Police Chief Troy Finner tweeted: "It is with great sadness that I share with you that a body – of who we believe to be 6-year-old Samuel Olson – was recovered in a motel room in Jasper, Texas, earlier this evening.
"A possible suspect is in custody and will be interviewed by our homicide investigators. More details will be provided at a news briefing tomorrow.
"I ask the entire Houston community to join HPD in sending prayers for Samuel and his family."
What has Theresa Balboa said?
Before her disappearance Therese Balboa had claimed she saw the boy on Thursday, May 27, 2021.
Balboa said she last saw Samuel in the 8800 block of McAvoy Drive in Houston, Texas, telling KTRK: "I was going to take Sam to school when his mother showed up with the police officer…"
"Or who I was under the impression to be a police officer, and they demanded me to release Sam," she continued, noting that she had to hand over the child because she's no legal rights to him.
However, Houston Police Department Executive Assistant Larry Satterwhite confirmed that cops have not verified that version.
Satterwhite said Samuel's last known sighting was at Holbrook Elementary School as far back as April.
Who is Samuel Olson's dad?
Samuel's father,Dalton Olson said he has "literally tried to do everything from the very beginning to do what's best for my son."
"That is my whole world and I can't imagine if anything happened to him and I believe he's still out there," said Dalton Olson, who shares custody of his son with Samuel's biological mom.
He also credited his fiancee with helping him care for the little boy while he was at work, adding: "I feel like I'm having a bad dream that I can't wake up from.
Who is Samuel Olson's mum?
The boy's mother, Sarah Olsen, has deniedBalboa's claims that she and a man dressed as a cop picked Samuel up last week through her attorney.
She told cops she doesn't know where the missing child is.
During a press conference, Attorney Marco González said that Sarah Olsen had custody of the child, but had not seen him since January 2020.
González alleged that the boy's father and grandmother weren't responding to her attempts to see her son, according to Click2Houston.
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