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Fisherman finds man’s body in wooded area


A fisherman on Sunday came upon a man's dead body in a wooded area in south Liberty County, according to the Liberty County Sheriff's Office.

The body was found 10:30 a.m. along a tributary that leads into the Trinity River near Private Road 442, just beyond the perimeter where Texas EquuSearch last Friday had been looking for 22-year-old Nathan Heathco.

Heathco was reported missing last week after a car crash on Highway 1409. Deputies responded to an abandoned vehicle call, but by the time they arrived, Heathco was gone. Family members say he hasn't been seen since.

Investigat­ors believe Heathco may have been injured in the crash.

Across the street from the crash site, security cameras at the ESD #3 Volunteer Fire Department captured Heathco walking to a nearby store and then south on FM 1409.

The body found Sunday has yet to be identified. Officials have ordered an autopsy, and the investigat­ion is ongoing.

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