Amber alert issued for Texas teen after mother and sister found dead

BAYTOWN, TX (AP) — Police have detained a man described as a person of interest after a mother and her 13-year-old daughter were slain in their Houston-area home and an older daughter was missing.

Baytown police Lt. Steve Dorris said officers questioned the 21-year-old man Wednesday. No charges were immediately filed.

Police on Tuesday, responding to a relative not being able to contact family members, found the bodies of 37-year-old Cynthia Morris and her daughter, Breanna Pavilicek. Both were shot.

An Amber Alert was issued for 16-year-old Kirsten Fritch, who also lives at the home.

Officers in Texas City overnight detained a Baytown man who’s acquainted with the missing teen and was sought after the bodies were found. Dorris says the mother’s car was missing, but was recovered when the man was located.

According to Baytown police, Morris’ mother called officers to the home to conduct a welfare check. Detectives found the door unlocked.

Investigators said both victims appeared to have been shot at least once and their bodies were in a back room of the house. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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