The Sheriff’s dispatcher received a call at 11:21am, Saturday, 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.
Sgt. 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.
Lead 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.
It 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.
The 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.
Justice of the Peace, Judge Steven Herbert was called to the scene where he ordered an autopsy of the deceased.
Sgt. 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.