Suicide by hanging on CR 440

Apr 22, 2013

On Sunday, March 24, 2013, I sent out a “News Release” regarding Fidel Andrade, sixty (60) years of age, who had self- inflicted knife wounds and had jumped in front of oncoming vehicles on FM 1409 near his home off CR 440. At that time he was sent by Life Flight to Herman hospital in “critical” condition and was released approximately a week ago.

Today, at approximately 10:20am, Sgt. Tommy Koen responded to a call from Maria Andrade who found her husband, Fidel Andrade hanging from a tree on a piece of property adjacent to their home on CR 440. According to the preliminary investigation by Sgt. Investigator Billy Knox, Fidel Andrade had been painting the family home earlier in the day but had not been seen since 9:am. Ms. Andrade began looking for him and saw him on the property next door from her own yard. Mr. Andrade was evidently still despondent and spoke of “…being sad and not feeling good..”. He had no known medical problems other than depression.

Sgt. Tommy Koen, Sgt. Billy Knox and Sgt. Kenny Dagle lowered the remains to the ground where Justice of the Peace, Judge Barry Graves pronounced him deceased and ordered an autopsy.

All further investigation will be handled by Sgt. Knox.

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