GEORGETOWN, Texas (KXAN) — A suspect was arrested Thursday in the case of a man that went missing more than one week ago in Georgetown.
A release from the Georgetown Police Department said the department’s investigation into the disappearance of Harvey Huber, which they have done in conjunction with the Texas Rangers, has turned criminal.
According to court documents, Jimmy Allen Tschoerner faces a tampering with evidence charge. It alleges that he “intentionally and knowingly alter[ed] OR conceal[ed] a human corpse, namely the human corpse of Harvey Huber, with intent to impair its availability as evidence in the investigation.”
The 50-year-old was last seen on Tuesday, Feb. 25 around 9:30 p.m. at his business, Huber Auto Repair, located at 2524 N. Austin Ave.
Family members and volunteers, along with Texas EquuSearch conducted a search effort on Saturday, Feb. 28.
KXAN’s Kaitlyn Karmout talked to friends of Huber at his long-time auto shop in Georgetown. They say Huber and Tschoertner knew each other.
“They knew each other somehow. Somewhere along the lines he snapped [Tschoertner]. He always had a weird eye, I always felt uneasy about him,” said Sean Bothwell, friend of Huber’s. “I was 600 miles away when I heard he went missing. I remember thinking, who is the weirdest person I know. I knew instantly.”
Friends and family of Huber, described him as a kind “patriarch,” saying he acted as a mentor for those in the Georgetown community.
“He cared about the community and is just an all-around good man with a heart of gold. The entire community is upset about his disappearance,” said Ashlee Cain. “Georgetown has always been a tight knit community. We all keep in touch. Everyone is concerned and praying for him and the family. That’s all we can do is pray and get the information out there.”
Thursday, investigators searched an area 2 miles away from Huber’s Auto Repair. At this time, we do not know if they were able to find anything. The search area stretched just South of the American Fence off of I-35.
Sources at Huber’s auto shop say prior to Huber going missing, he’d been working on his son’s car. There was a tarp on the car to cover it when it wasn’t being worked on, however, the tarp was stripped from the car. Since, its been replaced with a new one.
According to court documents, Tschoertner was previously convicted of attempted rape and solicitation to murder in the first degree in 1994, and in 1991 was convicted of kidnapping and aggravated robbery charges.
The case continues to be an active investigation.