Authorities now suspect murder of two people found in burned vehicle in Dayton

Investigators from the State Fire Marshal's Office, Liberty County Sheriff's Office and Texas Rangers are investigating a double-murder scene at the FM 1409 bridge known as Dead Man's Curve south of Dayton.

The people whose bodies were found in burned-out vehicle under the FM 1409 bridge south of Dayton may have been murdered, authorities are now saying.

One of the bodies reportedly was found in the trunk of the vehicle. The other body was inside the passenger area.

According to Capt. Billy Knox, a a spokesperson for the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office, the bodies are so badly burned that an autopsy and possible DNA check will be needed to determine if they are male or female, and their race.

The bodies were discovered inside the vehicle when first responders were alerted to a fire under the FM 1409 bridge, locally known as Dead Man’s Curve, around 4 a.m. by a passing motorist.

Authorities have not yet ruled out the possibility that the vehicle crashed; however, the fact that the vehicle is so far under the bridge makes that an unlikely scenario.

FM 1409 was closed for a few hours but reopened around 9 a.m. after the bridge was checked by the Texas Department of transportation to ensure that it was safe for travel.

The State Fire Marshal’s office and Texas Rangers are assisting the sheriff’s office with the investigation.

Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace Larry Wilburn conducted the inquest at the scene and ordered the autopsies.

The investigation is expected to keep authorities at the scene at least until noon Wednesday. Updates will be posted as new information becomes available.

Please check Bluebonnet News later for updates.


  1. I think it is stupid that they’re even has to be an investigation on whether or not this was murder.
    You find a car burning underneath a bridge with a body in the passenger side more than likely was bound if they would look close enough and a body in the trunk.
    The investigation should not be about whether or not it was murder it should be who murdered the people in the car. My respect goes out to whoever might be missing their loved ones and I pray for the poor souls that were lost this morning. I pray that decent cops were assigned to this case. And my prayers are with them during this investigation that they get all of the facts to bring this family or families the closure they deserve.

    • Who said anything about anyone being bound??????? Yo you just dropped some info ain’t no one heard about yet…. Sounds sus to me. And you seem of you mad that they are maybe not saying murder are you offended that they are maybe discrediting your work…

      • I said probably. The fact that they were in the passenger area and the trunk should tell anyone with common sense that they were like bound or unconscious. Don’t point fingers at people you don’t know. You have no idea what people have had to experience. And you have no idea why I might be upset. so instead of being a total douche bag next time simply ask a person what is wrong. Thank you very kindly.

    • Liberty county sheriffs office is on the case. I’m sure they will inform us of all the reasons this case is unsolvable, while putting in minimal effort to actually solve it. I feel bad for the families of whoever these individuals turn out to be, I’m certain they will never see closure.

      • It’s unfortunate, but I agree. Why are there so many missing people an unsolved murders in Liberty County? Inept employees or something more?

      • Guess you have no idea what your talking about. Our great officers and deputies take enough crap without being called lazy also. If your so good and think you can do so much better why don’t you put your money where your mouth is and go to an Academy and become a cop if you think it’s so easy. Instead of being a problem, why don’t you become part of the solution, unless you wasted your youth away staying in trouble. If that’s the case, they won’t accept you anyway.

    • I don’t think so. Quite easily at fault, in more ways than one, is 10k Gang. On second’re right, it is most likely John Harris…

  2. Was not pointing fingers you said it not me…. You do seem really defensive over my little comment there calm down killer.

  3. I really wish if you have nothing to comment, but some really dumb comments. Please shut your mouth, my daughter and my littles (aka) beautiful grandbabies are really going to have a really hard time… To come to terms with the fact, their special world is gone as they knew it….

  4. It sounds to me like someone commenting on this situation knows more than what their actually talking about here. Let’s just leave this to our fine officers and investigators to tell us what happened. Maybe people talking are just detouring us from WHAT REALLY HAPPENED. My prayers go out to the victims f as families of this terrible and tragic incident.

  5. I dont know about tx dot checking the bridge i live text to it txdot guys sat in there truck over a hour walk down look and take off up to there truck and leave no pic no hands on no checking the concrete i want my tax money back they cannot even replace a dameged sign or pickup dead animals on there roades they just drive by liberty txdot sucks

  6. This is sad, no matter whom, my fear it’s one of mine no one seen nor heard from her, I haven’t had a chance to tell her I miss and love her…
    So hope though sounds bad not her….

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