A 28-year-old gay Houston man was bound and murdered with his body left in a wooded area in Montgomery County near his burned truck. Sheriff’s deputies found him two days after he went missing.

Marc Pourner, who worked in Spring, was found Saturday afternoon after the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office received a tip that led investigators to the body and truck, according to Lt. Brady Fitzgerald, a spokesperson for the agency. Pourner’s body was discovered on a path near the damaged truck close to the intersection of Firetower Road and FM 1485, about 20 miles from Spring where Pourner lived. 

“We responded to that area and we located the burned vehicle. The body was close to the vehicle in a pathway,” Fitzgerald says. “It’s a residential area that is sparsely populated. It was thick in the woods where they discovered the vehicle itself and the body. It would obviously have to be intentionally placed there.”

Pourner’s father, Mark Pourner, tells KTRK that his son could have been targeted for being gay. He had been gaged, his body tied and beaten in the head, according to About Magazine. 

Fitzgerald declined to say if Pourner was restrained when the body was found. But he says that investigators are examining if Pourner being gay played a role in the homicide. There were no indications that Pourner was robbed, he says.

“We are still looking into the case. If he was murdered in reference to him being gay, it would be a hate crime and that’s the way it would be investigated if that was a motive,” Fitzgerald says.

A friend tells About that Pourner went missing late Thursday after receiving a late-night phone call. Pourner didn’t report to work on Friday at Randalls, a grocery chain where he worked as a controller.

According to “Tony,”  a friend of Pourner; the family located  ‘items’ in Pourner’s room that allowed them to identify who possibly called. “They were able to see who called Marc.” the friend states; referring to the late night call the victim received.

The friend describes that information they obtained from “items’ as overwhelming.

Fitzgerald says investigators have not yet identified a suspect in the case. 

“It is actively being investigated and being investigated as a homicide,” he says.

Sheriff's officials briefed Mark Pourner about the case on Sunday morning, according to KTRK. The victim’s father says the murder was carried out with disturbing efficiency.

“One of the things that struck me about how this crime was carried out was the speed and cold efficiency that it took place with and I told the detectives that in my opinion that indicated to me that this person probably killed before and I have no doubt they would kill again,” Pourner tells KTRK.

Friends set up a Go Fund Me campaign to raise funds to support Pourner’s family.

[About Magazine | Towleroad | KTRK | top image via, bottom image via KTRK]