Industrial Park Drive

Authorities suspect a 63 year-old Victoria County man who was found dead at a business on Industrial Park Drive in September.

Security camera footage of a man’s last moments at a Victoria County industrial business show he was alone when he died, a sheriff’s official said Wednesday.

“We were able to view everything and determine Mr. (Keith) Messamore was not the victim of a homicide,” said Chief Deputy Roy Boyd, of the Victoria County Sheriff’s Office. “He was the victim of unfortunate circumstances that led to his death, but it was not homicide.”

On the morning of Nov. 21, Messamore, 63, was found dead by employees at oil field business Integrity Industries, 961 Industrial Park Drive. At the time, sheriff’s officials said they were investigating his death as a potential homicide and suspected foul play to be involved.

Justice of the Peace MaryAnn Rivera said she has not yet received an autopsy report from the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office, which examined Messamore.

The man’s death is also not thought to be suicide, Boyd said.

“It was one of those scenes where on the one hand it looked like it could be a homicide, but on the other hand, everything wasn’t lining up,” Boyd said.

Although the investigation is not yet closed, authorities said they were confident his death was not the result of homicide.

“We wanted to assure the public they were safe and there was no threat to the community,” said sheriff’s office Lt. John Davis.

Investigators now suspect Messamore suffered a medical condition, became disoriented and wandered into the business where he fell numerous times.

To confirm that theory, investigators reviewed 13 hours of security camera footage that followed Messamore from his home to a store and then to the park, Davis said.

For every hour of footage reviewed, investigators spent about 10 hours to ensure they had missed nothing, he said, adding their work was “very thorough.”

According to driver’s license records, Messamore was living on Grouse Road in Quail Creek less than half a mile from where he was found dead.

Messamore may have accidentally wandered into the business in a disoriented state as his home is nearby, the chief deputy said.

“He took a wrong turn at an intersection going to his house, and I think he lost his way,” Boyd said.

That footage also captured Messamore disoriented and falling onto the ground at the industrial park.

“He fell quite a few times that night, and eventually it led to his death,” Boyd said.

On the day he was discovered, employees there said they did not recognize the man.

Boyd said his office has informed the man’s family to give them closure.

“We feel for the family and all they have been through,” he said. “We hope the family can have some closure and put this chapter behind them.”

Jon Wilcox reports on courts for the Victoria Advocate. He may be reached jwilcox@vicad.com or 361-580-6515.

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Jon covers crime, public safety and the courts at the Victoria Advocate. Born in Huntsville, Ala., he grew up in Atlanta, Ga. and obtained a bachelor's degree in journalism at Texas State University.

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