Body found in school dumpster at Austin Middle School in Galveston

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Friday, September 30, 2022
Body found in school dumpster at Austin Middle School in Galveston
Officials believe the body is that of a man in his late 20s. Investigators collected evidence in and around the dumpster for several hours.

GALVESTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Galveston police detectives are investigating after a body was found inside a school dumpster on Thursday.

The discovery was made at about 9:30 a.m. at Austin Middle School, located at 15th Street and Avenue N 1/2.

As Galveston police were called to the scene, Jackie Sauceda heard a knock at her door.

"There was this cop, standing at the door asking if I heard anything," she recalled. "I said, 'What do you mean?' And she said there's a homicide here and I said, 'Ahh, I didn't hear nothing.'"

Sauceda said neither she nor her neighbors were particularly helpful to police looking for clues about the young man's body found in the dumpster. After all, she says, Ursaline street is usually quiet, only bustling when weekend tourists come in looking for a parking spot.

The news that a dead body, in this case a young man in his late 20's would be found in a dumpster, behind a school of all place, unnerved some long-time residents

"It's horrifying," said neighbor Steven Hamilton. "t makes you feel uncomfortable. I hope they take care of this situation. This is a nice neighborhood."

As of Thursday evening, the man inside the dumpster had not been identified, and no cause of death had been determined. What we do know is that it's not anyone related to the school nor the neighborhood that adjoins it.

Galveston ISD communications director Stephanie Fontenot couldn't comment on the investigation, but said that it was not affecting operations at the campus.

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