Denton PD press conference

Denton Police Chief Frank Dixon leads a news conference Monday about a homicide investigation.

A man in his 20s is the suspect in his mother’s death, Denton police said Monday.

Police found the abused body of a woman in her 60s inside a Denton apartment Sunday night. Her body had suffered significant trauma, police said, and detectives believe the woman’s son is to blame.

“The body did have obvious signs of trauma to it,” Police Chief Frank Dixon said during a press conference at the Denton Police Department, “which leads us to believe there was a crime committed — a homicide.”

Police said the mother and son lived together at Providence Place apartments off Brinker Road.

The son, whose name has not been released by authorities, was arrested 5 miles into Oklahoma on Monday morning after leading police on a chase in his mother’s vehicle, which detectives said was missing as they searched the crime scene Sunday night.

Denton police were working Monday to obtain warrants for abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence. The man was being held by the Lighthorse Police Department in Love County, Oklahoma. He will be brought back to Denton County after an extradition hearing.

Detectives started a homicide investigation Sunday night a neighbor called police around 10 p.m. after noticing a man acting strangely, police said.

Uniformed officers arrived and entered a unit that had an unlocked door, police said.

Inside they found the woman’s body. She was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Without saying much more, Denton police said the woman’s body had suffered “obvious signs of trauma.” In the news conference, Dixon declined to say how severely the woman’s body was abused.

He did say this was an isolated incident.

“The victim and the suspect knew each other,” Dixon said. “There is no ongoing threat to the public.”

Denton police put out an alert about the vehicle Monday morning. At about 10:30 a.m., police in Gainesville tried to pull over the vehicle when the driver got onto Interstate 35. The ensuing chase ended around mile marker 5 in Oklahoma, Dixon said.

Authorities in Denton dispatched investigators to interview the man.

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office had custody of the woman’s body on Monday. Investigators there will determine the manner and cause of her death.

Authorities did not release the names of the victim or the suspect, because their family members had not been notified about the incident as of late Monday afternoon, Dixon said.

DALTON LAFERNEY can be reached at 940-566-6882 and via Twitter at @daltonlaferney.

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