A man booked into the Bell County Jail on Wednesday is possibly involved with the disappearance of a missing Temple man, according to an arrest affidavit.
The affidavit obtained by the Telegram said Palmer Grant Contreras, 35, of Temple, reportedly admitted to a woman that he shot Tommy Hebert in the chest, disposed of his body and moved his truck.
Contreras was charged Wednesday with tampering with or fabricating physical evidence. He was booked into the Bell County Jail at 5:16 p.m. on May 31, and his bond was set at $150,000.
A third-degree felony hold was added mid-afternoon Wednesday, according to jail records.
Hebert has not been located. He reportedly was last seen sometime between 7 and 8 p.m. on May 27 in the 300 block of East Central Avenue.
“The (Temple Police) department was informed by a family member on 5-29-2019 that a Tommy Hebert was missing. Information was received that Hebert was possibly the victim of a homicide and the department is continuing to investigate this allegation,” spokesman Cody Weems said Wednesday. “The case is still an active investigation and efforts are continuing to locate Mr. Hebert. No further information is available at this time. If any members of the public have any information they are encouraged to contact the Temple Police Department.”
Hebert is about 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighs between 140 and 150 pounds. Hebert has green eyes, brown hair and reportedly last had on a bright orange shirt and blue jeans.
Contreras “was arrested for removing evidence from what is currently an active investigation,” Temple Police spokesman Cody Weems said. “Additional information will be released once the investigation has concluded.”
Hebert’s son on May 29 said his father was missing and believed to be in danger. Tommy Hebert’s black Dodge Ram pickup was found the previous day in the 200 block of North General Bruce Drive, about a block away from Temple High School.
A woman on May 29 told Temple Police officers she went May 27 to Hebert’s home at 3717 Lower Troy Road in Temple, but he wasn’t there. She went back on May 28, but he still wasn’t there. The woman said she went to the house next door, which is where Contreras lives, according to the affidavit.
While at Contreras’ house, the woman reportedly said Contreras told her he shot Hebert in the chest, got rid of his body and needed to get rid of the pickup truck. The woman left the house and saw a man get in Hebert’s pickup and Contreras get in his own pickup, and both left Lower Troy Road.
Later that same day, the woman said she saw Hebert’s pickup off I-35 near Temple High.
The police detective talked to another woman who reportedly said on May 26 she heard Contreras call a man and ask that man to help him get rid of Hebert’s body, the affidavit said.
An arrest warrant was issued May 31 for Contreras by Bell County Justice of the Peace G.W. Ivey.
Anyone with information about this case can call the Temple Police Department at 254-298-5500.