TRAVIS COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — The Travis County Sheriff’s Office said it arrested a man believed to have killed his sister, according to TCSO. Deputies found a 38-year-old woman’s body Thursday night in Wells Branch.

Precious Angel Rucker, of Austin, was found dead in northern Travis County Thursday, TCSO reported.

Officials were searching for Rucker’s brother, Wanya Kasean Smith, 21, in connection with her death.

Smith was found by deputies overnight Friday into Saturday and taken into custody, according to TCSO. Officials said Smith was in the Travis County jail and charged with murder in connection with the death of Rucker.

KXAN reached out to an attorney connected with Smith. This article will be updated if an attorney statement is received.

Wanya Kasean Smith, 21 Mugshot provided by APD
Wanya Kasean Smith, 21 Mugshot provided by APD

TCSO deputies did a welfare check at 5:19 p.m. Thursday near the 1700 block of W. Wells Branch Parkway, and Rucker was found dead with “obvious injuries,” according to TCSO.

According to an arrest affidavit, Smith lived at the apartment with Rucker.

Anyone with information about the incident was asked to call the TCSO Tip Line at (512) 854-1444 or Crime Stoppers at (512) 472-8477.

TCSO said this case marked its fifth homicide investigation of 2023.