Body found in Houston bayou positively identified as missing toddler, medical examiner confirms

2-year-old Nadia Lee disappeared in October 2022

Pasadena father charged with capital murder following disappearance of his 2-year-old daughter Nadia Lee nearly 2 months ago (KPRC)

PASADENA, Texas – A toddler’s body that was recently found in a Houston bayou has been identified as 2-year-old Nadia Lee, who disappeared last October, a medical examiner confirmed Sunday.

KSAT’s sister station in Houston, KPRC, received confirmation from the ME and said Nadia’s remains were recovered on March 21 at Vince Bayou.

Before her disappearance, Nadia was last seen at 8 p.m. on Oct. 16 near her father’s apartment, located in the 300 block of South Richey Road in Pasadena.

Her father, 26-year-old Jyron Charles Lee, was arrested and charged with murder after he choked his 22-year-old wife, Nancy Reed, to death, according to police.

According to a news release, officers were called to a hotel in October for a report of an assault. Lee and Reed allegedly got into an argument in front of their two children.

Police said Lee confessed to placing his wife in a chokehold to prevent her from injuring their children. She later died from her injuries at a Houston-area hospital.

As authorities were investigating Reed’s death, police found that Nadia had been unaccounted for and reported her as a missing person.

Founder of Texas EquuSearch Tim Miller told KPRC that Lee had checked Nadia out of foster care on Oct. 14 and did not return her.

However, Lee told authorities Nadia disappeared as he was taking out the trash, KPRC reports.

It’s unclear what transpired prior to her remains being found. The cause of her death is still under investigation.

We’ll bring more updates as they become available.

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