Pct. 4 Constable Kenneth “Rowdy” Hayden located and arrested 26-year-old Robert Ellis Hinton II Friday evening for abuse of a corpse, in connection with a burned body recovered from a wooded area off a dirt road that lies west of Hwy 59 between Roman Forest and FM 1485. Hayden was assisted by other officers from his agency, and Hinton was taken into custody without incident.
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is conducting an investigation to determine the corpse’s identity and manner of death. Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace James Metts responded to the scene where he conducted an inquest and ordered the remains transported to the Southeast Texas Forensic Center for autopsy.
The body was dumped in the secluded area and set afire, possibly inside a plastic barrel or garbage can, according to MCSO Sgt. Melvin Franklin. Hinton is considered a person of interest in the case.
Constable Hayden said it was very disturbing to see a crime of this nature committed in Pct. 4, but he was pleased with the speed at which a suspect was identified and arrested.
“This is an example of what can be accomplished when law enforcement agencies work together.” Constable Hayden said. “As always, we will continue to cooperate with the Sheriff’s Office and assist them with their investigation as needed.”
Because the investigation is ongoing, no further information will be released at this time.