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Deputies working to identify body found floating in Liberty County canal

According to the lead investigator, the body was badly decomposed and appeared to have been in the water for multiple days.

LIBERTY — A body was found Wednesday morning, floating in a canal in east Liberty County near Hwy 90.

According to the lead investigator, the body was badly decomposed and appeared to have been in the water for multiple days.

Liberty County Sheriff's Office is asking the public for help identifying the man. He appears to be a black male aged 40 to 50-years old, between 5'8" and 5'10" tall wearing a "League City Intermediate Field Day" T-shirt and black or navy warm up pants. Investigators are asking anyone who believes they can identify the man by his clothing to contact the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office at (936) 336-4500

The preliminary autopsy returned no evidence of foul play, but further testing is pending.

From Liberty County Sheriff’s Office...

At approximately 9:30am Wednesday morning, a land owner reported to the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office that he found a body floating in an irrigation canal located approximately 100 yards north of Hwy. 90 in east Liberty County. Sheriff’s Lead Investigator Steven Rasberry said the badly decomposed remains appeared to have been in the water for several days.

Divers from the City of Beaumont Fire Department recovered the body from the chest deep water while the investigation was assisted by a Department of Public Safety K-9 unit and Texas Ranger.

The Liberty County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in identifying the remains which appears, from a preliminary autopsy, to be a black male, perhaps 40 to 50 years old, 5’-8” to 5’-10 tall wearing a medium size T shirt with the wording of “League City Intermediate Field Day”. He was also wearing a pair of black or navy blue warm up pants. The preliminary autopsy did not indicate foul play but further testing is in progress.

Rasberry said that investigators have checked with several of the surrounding law enforcement agencies both inside and outside of Liberty County but have not found anyone matching this description as being missing from their areas.

Justice of the Peace, Pct. 2 Judge Ronnie Davis conducted the inquest and ordered the autopsy. While the investigation continues, Investigator Rasberry is asking for anyone who may be able to identify the deceased by his clothing description to call the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office at (936) 336-4500 and provide that much needed information.

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