Suspect in body in a barrel case found dead

HOUSTON According to the Escambia County Sheriff's Office in Florida, Dennis Anderson, 64, was found dead inside a motel room there. He was reportedly hanged.

Investigators with the Harris County Sheriff's Office had been looking for Anderson since the discovery of a badly decomposed woman's body stuffed in a barrel in the back yard of a home in the 7500 block of Split Oak Court last month.

The body of the woman has still not been identified.

Anderson has been convicted twice before on murder charges -- once in 1972, and again in 1973. Both times he was sentenced to life in prison. He served nearly 17 years before being paroled.

State parole officials say Anderson was released in part because he earned an Associate's degree, 60 hours towards a Bachelor's degree and because he helped hold off other offenders who were attacking prison personnel early on in his incarceration during a prison riot. We've also learned that Anderson has an arson conviction and two theft convictions, one of which was as recent as this past July when he served less than a month in custody.

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