Theresa Balboa is accused of hiding the body of Samuel Olsson, 5
A neighbor of the woman charged with the disappearance of a 5-year-old Houston boy reportedly heard a “loud scratch through the wall” a few days before her body believed to have been found in a motel room.
Tiffany Schultz, 25, and her fiancé Andrew moved into the apartment next door to Theresa Balboa with their newborn girl on May 11 – the day Samuel Olsson died. US Sun told.
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The next day, Schultz said he heard strange noises coming from his neighbor’s apartment.
“The other day we were here, it was probably around 3 or 4 in the morning, we heard loud scratching sounds, really, very loudly,” she told the outlet.
“It lasted a good 10 or 15 minutes. I was like, ‘Baby, I’m scared.’ He [Andrew] It was like, ‘It’s okay.’ He started banging on the wall to try and get him away,” Schultz continued.
“I’ve heard loud scratches from animals before and it wasn’t like, I can’t believe they had animals. We didn’t hear any other noises, it was weird.”
Balboa, 29, the girlfriend of Samuel Olson’s father, Dalton Olsen, has been charged with tampering with evidence on Tuesday after the remains wrapped in a black plastic bag secured with duct tape at a Best Western in Jasper, Texas. .
Balboa had previously lived with Benjamin Rivera, who told authorities that he called her on May 10 and said that Samuel was dead – and then begged for assistance in hiding the child’s corpse, according to The Sun.
Rivera claimed in court documents that she and Balboa dumped the body in the bathtub in the apartment, where it remained for two days before moving it to a nearby storage unit in a plastic box.
Schultz said he knew a little boy was missing when they walked in.
“We saw cops and four wheelers, people with cameras and they all started coming here [in the community], right in front of our door,” she told The Sun.
“We looked at it and realized it was a little boy missing, then he” [Balboa] was arrested. It’s all sad. It really terrifies me to think that someone like this is living next door, you never know.”
Meanwhile, Tonya, the grieving grandmother of Samuel, 48, Olson’s mother, said the family was “extremely upset”.
“Nobody should imagine it. We’ve been off social media, and we don’t even see updates, it’s sick. And then you have to hear the details,” she told The Sun.
Court documents obtained by KTRK indicate that Samuel has been dead since 10 may – Weeks before it was reported missing under Balboa’s care.
Reportedly, the child’s mother, Sarah Olson, has suggested that the father was involved in the disappearance, but she vehemently denied the allegations.
“People are mean, they don’t even know what’s going on – there’s more to it,” Tonya said. “We’re honoring the spies working on it, we’ve given them anything and everything every time.”
He said: “Justice will be done.”