On May 27, 1998, an employee of the local water treatment plant was driving near Redbud Trail in Austin, Texas, when he discovered the body of a man hanging from a tree. The trail is a half mile loop popular with hikers located near caves that were often inhabited by people experiencing homelessness.
The man was Caucasian, and estimated to be between 20-35 years old, approximately 6’ tall and 150-155 pounds. He had hazel eyes, slightly wavy brown hair and a full beard and mustache. His dental work had been extensive. Scars were also present on the inside of both wrists.
He was discovered wearing a green dress shirt, black Dockers pants, a camouflage hat, brown belt and black Nike sneakers. He was also wearing a Timex watch with a broken band. Other items recovered near the body included eyeglasses, a Bible, a black flashlight and a 10-speed bicycle.
His cause of death was determined to be suicide by hanging.
NamUs ID: UP8560
Date Body Found: 5/27/1998
Estimated Age: 20-35
Estimated PMI: 24 hours
Agency of Jurisdiction:
Travis County Medical Examiners Office
Texas Department of Public Safety
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Last Updated: April 6, 2023