17-year-old found shot to death in park in Hitchcock

HITCHCOCK, Texas (KTRK) -- Police in Hitchcock are investigating after a 17-year-old was found shot to death in a park.

At about 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, a Hitchcock police officer who was conducting a routine check on the park found a bicycle lying on the road about 100 feet from the Galveston County park's southwest entrance gate near FM 2004 in Hitchcock.

A short distance away in a grassy area the officer found the body of a teen later identified as Cody Gilpin, 17, of Hitchcock.

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Gilpin, who lived just across the road from Jack Brooks Park, had been shot multiple times, Hitchcock Police Department Officer Stephonia Jackson said.

It's unclear when Gilpin had been murdered, but family members told police that the last time the teen had been seen was Monday night.

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The park is supposed to be closed after 10 p.m., but the area where the teen's body was found was not one that was blocked off after the park's closing time.

The murder scene is located across the street from Hitchcock school district's Head Start Program campus. The investigation did not disrupt classes at the campus.

Police did not release any information on any potential suspects or persons of interest in the case.

Gilpin is just the latest in a string of recent deadly crimes involving teens. By February of this year, the number of teens killed in Harris County was higher than the last five years during the same time period.
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