The body of a 28-year-old gay man was found Saturday evening in a wooded area, slumped beside his burnt-out truck.
Marc Pourner of Spring, Texas was discovered around 9pm. His wounds strongly suggest he was tied, gagged, and suffered blunt force trauma to the head.
Authorities aren’t specifying whether the crime is being investigated as a hate crime.
Pourner had been missing since last Thursday, the evening he apparently received a late-night “disturbing” telephone call.
He didn’t show up to work the next day.
According to a friend, the family located “items” in Pourner’s bedroom that indicate who called him that evening.
“They were able to see who called Marc,” said the friend, who wishes to remain anonymous.
Pourner’s family told Houston TV station KTRK that Pourner was the victim of a hate crime, because he was gay.
His father says he was “a good friend to many” and “had a big heart.”
“One of the things that struck me about how this crime was carried out was the speed and cold efficiency,” his father told KTRK. “That indicated to me that this person had probably killed before and I have no doubt they will kill again.”
Authorities say they received a tip that led them to the body from a “person of interest.”
An autopsy was expected to be performed on Monday. A source claims investigators are close to making an arrest.