UNIDENTIFIED BODY IN TRINITY RIVER LIBERTY COUNTY
Aug 31, 2013
Sheriff’s dispatcher received a call at 11:21am, this date, to the effect that
two Dayton men, while fishing in the Trinity River, found a body tangled in a
log jam approximately half way between Hwy. 90 and I-10. Deputy William
Candelari responded to an area near the sighting and was advised the body was
further down the river, and his initial information was the body was
approximately 30 to 40 feet out in the river and
lodged against a log jam.
Brett Audilet and Game Warden Randy Button manned the Game Warden’s boat and
secured the remains, returning it to a location on the river where further
investigation could be conducted.
Investigator, Sgt. Chris Ungles and Sgt. Investigator Paul Lasco arrived at the
scene to begin their preliminary investigation shortly thereafter. According to
Sgt. Ungles, the deceased had apparently been in the water for a very long
period of time as marine life had taken a toll on the remains as well as the
summer heat. Therefore, it was difficult to determine the race of the remains
although the body was found to be clothed in blue jeans and wearing a pair of
brown “high top” leather work boots. There was no shirt on the remains and it
was determined the sex was a male of undetermined age. There was no
identification found in the pockets of the deceased.
was impossible to determine where the body may have entered the waters of the
Trinity River. The river flows South but with no recent heavy rains, the water
is flowing rather slowly at this time.
Liberty County Sheriff’s Department has no recent case of any missing person that
might fit this profile. Therefore, Sgt. Ungles stated he and Sgt. Lasco would
be checking with all local law enforcement agencies to determine if any of
those agencies might have a case whereby such a description might fit.
of the Peace, Judge Steven Herbert was called to the scene where he ordered an
autopsy of the deceased.
Ungles and Sgt. Lasco ask that if anyone has any information on the above
described remains or knows of any family member who may have a missing relative
that has not been reported as such, to contact the Sheriff’s Department at
(936) 336-4500 with that information.
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