Body found in Brazos River near campus

By Rebecca Flannery

Staff Writer

Waco police officers responded to a phone call about a body found in the Brazos River at 8:25 a.m. Tuesday.

Sgt. Patrick Swanton, public information officer for the Waco Police Department, said maintenance workers for Cameron Park were in a boat near the 1700 block of University Parks Drive when they saw what they thought was a body. The area where the body was found was 2.5 miles from campus, near the Cameron Park main entrance.

Police arrived at the scene, identified it was a body and the fire department came to take the body out of the water on a rescue boat.

Justice of the Peace Walter “Pete” Peterson ruled the individual deceased and ordered the body be sent to Dallas for an autopsy.

The individual is a black male with no identification and no apparent signs of foul play, Swanton said.

Peterson said the body of the man was clothed when pulled out of the water. The cause of death is undetermined and under investigation, he said.