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Officials investigate 2 bodies found in Weesatche

By chirst
July 4, 2013 at 2:04 a.m.
Updated July 5, 2013 at 2:05 a.m.

The entrance to a property where Goliad authorities discovered two bodies. Officials on Thursday said they had not found a motive in the case. The investigation is continuing.

Darwyn Duderstadt was working early Thursday morning at Duderstadt Garage, the only gas station in Weesatche, when he saw an ambulance rush by.

Then deputies from the Goliad County Sheriff's Office drove past followed by Department of Public Safety troopers, and he knew there was something wrong in Weesatche, an unincorporated town in Goliad County.

"There was a lot of activity coming through, and then someone came from Charco and said there was a bunch of activity at Dennis'. About an hour later, someone heard that Dennis and his wife were dead. I was pretty upset," Duderstadt said.

Dennis and Ida Reitz, a retired married couple, were found dead with gunshot wounds, said Capt. Tom Copeland with the Goliad County Sheriff's Office.

Duderstadt, 77, said he grew up with Dennis Reitz and that he was about a year older than Reitz. The two men, raised in Weesatche, played baseball together when they were growing up.

"They were good people. Dennis, he loved his cattle. He was a devoted rancher," Duderstadt said.

The call about the deaths in the 2000 block of Farm-to-Market Road 884 was made at 6:26 a.m. from a family member, said Sgt. Adam Irwinsky of the Goliad County Sheriff's Office.

They were pronounced dead by Justice of the Peace Precinct 2 Steve Kennedy about 7:30 a.m.

Kennedy said the bodies were sent to Central Texas Autopsy in Lockhart for autopsies, which are scheduled Friday. He expects preliminary results for the causes of death to come back within a few days.

The deaths are still under investigation, but the sheriff's office is not looking for suspects, Copeland said.

"We have done the preliminary investigation and are waiting for a final ruling from the medical examiner, and then we will be able to say one way or the other, but right now, we are not actively looking for anyone," Copeland said.

Weesatche is about 14 miles north of Goliad.

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