Liberty County officials trying to ID body found by fishermen in Trinity River

August 31, 2013 8:30:31 PM PDT
Liberty County Sheriff's Office officials are trying to identify a man whose body was found Saturday in the Trinity River.

Deputies were called out to the scene between Highway 90 and Interstate 10 around 11:20am. According to officials, two Dayton men were fishing in the Trinity River when they discovered a body tangled in a log jam about 30 to 40 feet from shore.

A game warden brought a boat to the scene and recovered the man's body.

Deputies said the remains had apparently been in the water for a long period of time, stating that "marine life had taken a toll on the remains as well as the summer heat."

Officials have not determined the man's race or age because of the conditions, but they said the body was clothed in blue jeans and a pair of brown leather work boots. There was no shirt and no identification found in the man's pockets.

Investigators tell us it's 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 slowly at this time.

LCSO has no recent missing persons cases that might fit this profile. Deputies will be checking with all local law enforcement agencies in an effort to identify the man.

Anyone with any information on this case or who knows of someone with a missing relative that has not been reported as missing is urged to contact LCSO at 936-336-4500.

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