Man allegedly strangled, dismembered missing Houston woman

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Man allegedly strangled, dismembered missing Houston woman

A missing Houston woman was strangled and dismembered by a man who burned his house down while trying to kill himself, court documents show.

Henry David Cossette, 28, was charged Monday with murder, arson and tampering with evidence in the death of Sara Goodwin, 19, who was reported missing on Feb. 6, according to court documents obtained by KPRC.

Cossette, of Houston, allegedly strangled the young woman before mutilating her corpse and hiding her remains. He then set fire to his apartment on Saturday, KHOU reported.

Henry David Cossette.
Henry David Cossette is suspected of strangling Sara Goodwin before allegedly mutilating her corpse and hiding her remains.
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Houston police said in a statement to The Post Tuesday that Cossette admitted to killing a woman and leading detectives to a body.

The remains, which are believed to belong to Goodwin, were sent to the medical examiner to positively identify them, police said.

Henry David Cossette.
Henry David Cossette is being held without bond ahead a court date set for Feb. 23, 2022.
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Friends and relatives of Goodwin had asked for the community’s help in tracking her down. A friend told the station she worked as a sex worker, but was a loving and doting sister to her younger brother.

“She has a 15-year-old brother she will die for … that she basically raises,” friend Jessica Finn told KHOU.

Quanell X, a local activist, said he believed Goodwin was taken against her will by a man with a gun who had been spotted by sex workers in the area driving a four-door gray Honda.

“That same vehicle was seen cruising around after Sara’s abduction,” he told KHOU.

The man was also spotted in southwest Houston allegedly attempting to lure two other women into his vehicle, Quanell X said.

Police, meanwhile, told KPRC surveillance video showed Goodwin “willingly” getting into the vehicle seen on the footage.

Goodwin’s phone was found by her friends at an apartment complex in Houston, where they scoured for clues on Thursday and handed out missing person flyers, KHOU reported last week.

“I know that she is scared and worried and I want her to know that people care about her,” Finn said Thursday.

Sara Goodwin presser.
Friends and relatives of Sara Goodwin had asked for the community’s help in tracking her down.

Cossette, who was booked into Harris County Jail on Monday, is being held without bond ahead a court date set for Wednesday, online records show. It’s unclear if he’s hired an attorney who could speak on his behalf.

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