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Body found in garage not victim of foul play, officials say

By Jessica Priest
Dec. 6, 2012 at 6:06 a.m.
Updated Dec. 7, 2012 at 6:07 a.m.


Investigators are waiting on DNA results to confirm whether a person found dead in a Placedo garage last month is the same as the person pictured in a license found nearby.

Capt. Herb Tucker, of the Victoria County Sheriff's Office, said investigators have tracked down the next-of-kin for the person pictured in the license. However, officials declined to identify the relatives are or whether the deceased was male or female. Tucker said the family hadn't reported their relative missing.

Marie McConahie discovered the body, which had deteriorated to skeletal remains, on Nov. 17 after she stopped by to post no trespassing signs on vacant buildings her family owns in the 500 block of Crockett Street.

Tucker said they suspect no foul play and a medical examiner's document also indicated there was no blunt force trauma.

Investigators initially said the body may have been in the back of a car in the garage for at least a year, but now they say there's no way to determine whether that's true.

"The one thing that you have to realize is that autopsies can't determine time of death. That is a fallacy that only happens in the movies," Tucker said, explaining how South Texas' weather could've caused the body to decompose quicker.

A toxicology report, which will provide a more clear picture of how the individual died, normally takes four to six weeks to complete. DNA results could take anywhere from two to four months to get back, Tucker said.

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