Murdered Girl Found in Shallow Creek: Shocking Details Emerge as Two Men Charged with Capital Murder

Houston, Texas – Two men have been charged with capital murder in connection to the tragic death of a 12-year-old girl whose body was discovered in a shallow creek in north Houston. Johan Jose Martinez-Rangel, 22, and Franklin Pena, 26, were charged with capital murder of a child between the ages of 10 and 15, as confirmed by authorities and court records.

The young girl, Jocelyn Nungaray, was found early in the morning on Monday, and the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences concluded that she had died from strangulation. Officials in Houston had been working tirelessly to solve the case, and their efforts led to the arrests of Martinez-Rangel and Pena on Friday. Surveillance footage and witness accounts played a crucial role in identifying the suspects.

During a press conference, Houston’s Acting Police Chief Larry Satterwhite praised the dedicated teams who worked to track down the perpetrators. He emphasized the importance of community cooperation in bringing those responsible for Jocelyn’s death to justice. Mayor John Whitmire expressed his shock and horror at the heinous crime, highlighting the impact it has had on the city.

The suspects were seen leaving a restaurant together the night before Jocelyn’s body was found. Subsequent surveillance footage captured them interacting with the young girl before they all walked to a nearby convenience store. Tragically, the events took a deadly turn when they reached a bridge where Jocelyn was killed.

Both Martinez-Rangel and Pena are currently in custody at the Harris County Jail. They are expected to appear in court for a probable cause hearing, where prosecutors will request a significant bond for each suspect. The case has deeply affected the community, sparking concerns about safety and justice for children in the area.

As the investigation unfolds, questions about the suspects’ immigration statuses have surfaced. Authorities have urged anyone with information regarding the case to come forward. The tragic loss of Jocelyn has left her family and the community grieving, seeking closure and accountability for the senseless act of violence that claimed her life.