THE biological mother of Samuel Olson has slammed his stepmom for “lying” about the boy’s disappearance and claims she hasn’t seen her son for a year.
Samuel’s mom, Sarah Olson, issued a statement through her attorneys on Tuesday – hours before investigators discovered remains inside a Jasper, Texas motel room that they believe belong to the missing six-year-old.
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Theresa Balboa, Samuel’s stepmother, was arrested at the scene of the grim discovery and later charged with evidence tampering.
Police said more charges could soon be filed against her. Several other persons of interest are also being investigated.
Balboa reported Samuel missing on May 27, though police believe he may have actually vanished several weeks ago.
The 29-year-old told police that she had handed Samuel over to his mother and a man dressed as a police officer at 7am on Thursday.
Balboa said the “officer” told her she would be charged with kidnapping if she didn’t turn him over, as she was not legally responsible for the boy.
She later repeated the claims in a tearful plea to local media over the weekend.
“I was going to take Sam to school when his mother showed up with the police officer, or who I was under the impression to be a police officer, and they demanded me to release Sam,” Balboa told ABC13.
However, police were unable to verify Balboa’s version of events.
When she was interviewed there were reportedly “several inconsistencies” in her story, police said. Homicide detectives were then assigned to the case.
Hours before Balboa’s arrest, Sarah Olson released a statement through her attorneys publicly discrediting Balboa’s claims.
Attorney Marco González said Sarah has primary custody of Samuel but was denied from seeing the child for several months. The last time she saw him was in January 2020, he said.
The mother, who was described as being “very emotional” and “devastated”, also claimed the story Balboa told police was a “lie and made up.”
She said Balboa’s assertions that she had anything to do with her son’s disappearance are false, adding “there are too many holes in that story.”
According to González, Sarah hasn’t been able to get in touch with Samuel’s father, Dalton Olson, or the boy’s grandmother, so she hasn’t had much communication with her son.
The grieving mother reportedly feels as though the courts and child protective services have let her down.
She is in contact with police, the attorney said, though reportedly doesn’t feel comfortable talking to the media at this time.
Within hours of the statement being released, the Houston Police Department announced that remains believed to belong to Samuel had been found 135 miles away from where he was reported missing.
A day earlier, Balboa also was reported missing by Samuel’s father. She had reportedly last been seen handing out flyers with him on Monday.
An anonymous tip led officers to the Best Western Inn on West Gibson Street in Jasper, where they found Balboa to be staying on Tuesday night.
After interviewing her, they found the body of a child inside a duffel bag that was being stored in her room.
While the body has not yet been officially identified, police said it appeared as though it had been there for some time.
Balboa was arrested and has so far been charged with evidence tampering. Police said more charges may be filed soon.
She is currently behind bars in the Jasper County Jail but will be returned to Harris County soon for further questioning.
During a press conference on Wednesday, Assistant Police Chief Heather Miller said investigators are probing several other persons of interest in the case.
They didn’t name Samuel’s father, Dalton Olson, as one of the people of interest, but said they were talking with him and would continue to do so.
Dalton told local media over the weekend that he and Balboa had a “routine” that his son would stay with her as he didn’t have a car and worked long hours in construction.
“I’ve literally tried to do everything from the very beginning to do what’s best for my son,” Olson said.
“That is my whole world and I can’t imagine if anything happened to him and I believe he’s still out there.”
Police are also currently working to determine precisely when Samuel went missing.
While he was reported missing on May 27, he hasn’t been seen by anyone outside of his family since April 30, when he last attended class at Holbrook Elementary in Cy-Fair ISD.
Samuel’s paternal grandmother, Tonya Olson, said she last saw him on May 2 and later spoke to him on the phone, which was around a week and a half ago.
Police are also investigating a claim that Samuel was recently seen at the home of one of Balboa’s friends.
Houston PD’s probe remains ongoing.
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