Police: Woman wrapped in blanket and set on fire

Crystal Cuellar

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — Sheriff’s officials said Thursday it was 33-year-old Crystal Cuellar’s body they found off the Interstate 35 northbound frontage road earlier this week, about a quarter of a mile north of County Road 314. She was found dead Tuesday morning in Williamson County.

Fire crews were responding to a grass fire when they found her body.

“She had been wrapped in a blanket with accelerant on it, and set on fire,” said Williamson County Sheriff’s Cpt. Fred Thomas.

Her body was so badly burned that authorities had to use fingerprints to identify Cuellar.

Jarrell Fire Cpt. Cliff Tschoerner was the first one on scene Tuesday and discovered Cuellar’s body. When he arrived, he put out a small brush fire and then walked about 10 feet back through some trees to find another fire and what looked like a body.

“It was kind of an uneasy moment for sure,” he said. “As soon as I got on with law enforcement, they were here within a few minutes.”

Authorities said it is too soon to know if Cuellar’s record of theft and drug arrests in Travis and Hays counties had anything to do with what happened. Cuellar’s last known address was in Kyle, about 70 miles from where she was found. Police said it does not appear she was staying with anyone in Jarrell.

“Having citizens that saw something, that maybe they didn’t think was important at the time, but if they will call us with this information, it could be extremely important to us,” Thomas added.

Police do not have anyone in custody and said it appears to be an isolated incident.

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