Missing student burned in car
The burned body of 25-year-old UH nutrition junior was found Tuesday afternoon after what police are calling an accidental death.
The Houston Chronicle reported Friday that Mohammed Marfani was last heard from March 6 when he phoned his mother around 8:30 p.m. after his classes and told her to expect him at the family’s Sugar Land home in roughly 30 minutes.’
Marfani never made it home that night, and his family reported him missing to police.
Nearly two weeks after being reported missing, Marfani’s body was found in a friend’s parked SUV just minutes from Rich’s Houston Nightclub where he was drinking with friends the night of his disappearance.
His body was discovered when Marfani’s friend, the owner of the SUV, went to get something out of the dark green Ford Explorer and discovered his body.
The passenger’s seat was burned all the way down to the springs with the side of the doors melted away, but the driver’s seat where the body was found was undamaged.
The SUV had been parked in front of an auto repair shop on the 2200 block of Austin Street where the owner of the SUV planned to get her car worked on.
The body went unnoticed for a while because the windows of the SUV were blackened by the smoke.
The Harris County medical examiner’s office was able to identify the body through fingerprints. It later determined the cause of death had been accidental, adding that Marfani died of smoke inhalation.