Police believe a male's body found in northwest Houston Tuesday morning is a teen missing since Friday, when powerful storms swept a truck into White Oak Bayou.
Initial reports indicated two teens had been swept away, but the Harris County Sheriff's Office said a witness to the accident now doubts seeing a female at the scene.
The search has been suspended, the HCSO said in a press release.
A person riding a bicycle called 911 at 10:23 a.m. today and reported seeing a body in the 4600 block of West Tidwell, officials said.
"We believe this may be Eric Cabrera," said HPD Sgt. Brian Harris. "The distinctive tattoos certainly tell a tale."
Harris said he cannot yet be certain of the identity of the body, but based on the tattoos and the spot along the bayou where the body was found, about 2.5 miles from the crash site, he asked the family of the missing 18-year-old to come to the scene.
When asked to identify the body, family member Hugo Salas said he can't be sure.
"I hope it's not," Salas said.
Police estimate that at the peak of the storm, the bayou's current was moving at about 35 mph, but the body was found caught on a drainage pipe so it may not have moved far. Only as the water dropped did it become visible, officials said.
The witness who reported the body, 43-year-old James McClain, said he had just gotten off of work from a nearby Jack in the Box and was riding his bike over a bridge on his way home.
He said he looked down and spotted what appeared to be the body of a man, but he couldn't identify any other characteristics. He said it was disturbing to see the body.
"It messed my stomach up," McClain said.
He said he called 911 and then called his mother, who came out to the scene to be with him.
The original witness at the scene of Friday's wreck said he saw a male and a female hanging on to the edge of a truck in the bayou. He said he ran to get a chain to pull them out and when he got back, they were gone.
No family ever came forward to report the female missing.