Texas EquuSearch has found the body of Nate Hendrickson in George Bush Park.
The following is a statement received from Texas EquuSearch:
Remains found by Texas Equusearch members at 1:38pm, Friday, December 30, 2005, appear to be those ofNate Hendrickson; there is no positive id at this time. Special recognition goes to Jeff Ezelle, Lisa Higgins, Mary Bell, and Renee Utley for their dedicated work and team effort in finding the remains. Please keep Nate’s family in your prayers during this difficult time
Texas Equusearch members Jeff Ezelle, Lisa Higgins, Mary Bell & Renee Utley were out searching the pond area at the George Bush Park today. Jeff Ezelle took Lisa Higgins & Mary Bell out to check an area he had noticed a strong odor 2 days before; buzzards were seen this morning above the same area. At 1:38pm, Jeff found the remains which were located about ˝ mile SW of the pond and about 1 mile from where Nate’s car was found at West Oaks Mall.
The body of a man was found Friday afternoon near the area where searchers have been looking for a missing University of Houston student, officials told KPRC Local 2.
Investigators said the body, which has not yet been identified, was found seated in a peaceful area near a brook in George Bush Park. He apparently had taken his own life with a single gunshot. A backpack was next to the body.
“Through my homicide experience, in the years that I’ve been doing this, all indications would be that, other than someone doing this to themselves, it doesn’t appear as though there’s any other kind of foul play.
Even though the body appears to be that of Nate’s, there has not yet been official confirmation.
Tests are needed to confirm the body’s identity.
“Until our medical examiner’s office gets here and our crime scene office gets here to process the clothing that’s left at the scene, and any other physical evidence, we don’t touch anything,” Harris said.
The body has apparently been in the woods for about a month, which is about the same time that Hendrickson disappeared.
Ours prayers go out to Nate’s family and friends. Nate, God bless you, rest in peace.
Houston Chronicle: Body found at park thought to be missing student
Spring Valley Police Detective G.A. Finkelman said “there are some items with the body that lead us to believe it is” Nate Hendrickson. The student at UH-Downtown had been missing for nearly a month.
“It is not a positive I.D., yet,” Finkelman said. “But it was found in the area where Equusearch has been looking all week.”
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