Three people have been arrested in connection with the gruesome murder of a Texas woman. Police say the woman was killed as part of a "human sacrifice," and she had her toes, fingers, and ears cut off by a "Satanic" man involved in "cult activity."
Last Sunday, police with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office made a welfare check on a 36-year-old woman in Joaquin, Texas. Around 4 p.m., officers discovered the dead body of Sarah Hopson in the bedroom. Police said she had been brutally murdered and mutilated.
Hobson allegedly suffered from large wounds to the right side of her head and forehead. Hopson's toes, fingers, and ears had reportedly been cut off. A deputy discovered a clear freezer bag of the woman's body parts between Hopson's legs, according to the affidavit.
Deputies noticed that the bedroom smelled of fresh paint, and the walls appeared to have been recently painted.
"Multiple cans of paint were found inside the room as well as 'several' Dollar General bags filled with an assortment of cleaning supplies, the affidavit reportedly said," Law & Crime reported. "A tool that indicates the presence of blood spatter even after it has been wiped away with household cleaning supplies reportedly showed large amounts of blood on the bedroom walls and spotting on the bedroom dresser."
The walls reportedly appeared to have "wiping marks," possibly signaling that someone cleaned the walls.
Law enforcement also found a razor knife, several wrenches on a chest of drawers, paint brushes, paint cans, and cleaning supplies at the crime scene, according to the affidavit. Investigators also discovered a pair of jeans with the Texas identification card belonging to Ethan Kyle Myers in the pocket, police documents said.
Police tracked down Myers and searched his car. Inside they found a shovel, plastic bags, a gallon of gasoline, a hammer, a tire tool, and a large rock in a trash bag smelling like gasoline, the affidavit stated.
Investigators noted that the tip of the rock matched Hopson's head wounds, police said.
On Thursday, police arrested Myers while he was allegedly hiding in the woods.
On the day police found Hopson dead, Allen Price and Teresa Louviere visited the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office to inform authorities that "Ethan Myers had done something to Sarah Hopson," the affidavit said. They claimed that Myers had been "acting strange," and noticed him fleeing Hopson's home with blood on him. Myers allegedly lived with the duo.
Price allegedly told police that Myers, 26, was involved in "cult activity."
Investigators questioned Myers' mother, who said her son "hears voices and is satanic," according to the affidavit. She reportedly also told police that Myers wanted to "sacrifice her."
Myers was charged with Hopson's murder and evading arrest. He is being held at the Shelby County Jail on a $1.25 million bond.
Price and Louviere were arrested and charged with tampering and fabricating physical evidence with intent to impair a human corpse. They are being held on a $250,000 bond.