Miss­ing Texas man eaten by his own dogs, sher­iff says

Star-Telegram - - Front Page - BY DOMINGO RAMIREZ JR. [email protected]­gram.com

A miss­ing Venus man was eaten by his own dogs on his John­son County prop­erty, the sher­iff said Wed­nes­day.

Fred­die Mack, 57, was last seen on April 9 in Venus, ac­cord­ing to a miss­ing per­son re­port from the Texas Depart­ment of Pub­lic Safety. At that time, the re­port stated he was pos­si­bly wear­ing khaki pants, but there was no fur­ther de­scrip­tion of clothes.

Mack, who lived alone in his John­son County home, was listed as a dis­abled adult, the DPS miss­ing per­son re­port stated.

“Dur­ing the course of our in­ves­ti­ga­tion it was found that Fred­die suf­fered from se­ri­ous med­i­cal con­di­tions, so we will never know if the dogs killed Mr. Mack or con­sumed him after he died from a med­i­cal condition,” said John­son County Sher­iff Adam King in a Wed­nes­day news re­lease.

Deputies with the John­son County Sher­iff’s Of­fice were

dis­patched on a wel­fare check on May 6, but they had prob­lems looking for Mack be­cause of ag­gres­sive dogs on his prop­erty. At time, there were 18 mixed-breed dogs on the prop­erty in a fenced-in area sur­round­ing a small mo­bile home, where Mack lived.

“Us­ing dis­trac­tion meth­ods to keep dogs away, deputies were able to in­ves­ti­gate some of the prop­erty but were un­able to lo­cate Fred­die,” King said. “Fred­die’s fam­ily told deputies that he had stopped contact with them in the past but had been in contact with them for sev­eral years even calling for rides to the store at least twice a month.”

Deputies on May 9 used a drone to look for Mack on the prop­erty be­cause they again were un­able to en­ter the prop­erty for fear of the dogs. The drone search did not turn up any ev­i­dence of Mack. The next day, Mack was en­tered into TCIC/NCIC (Texas Crime In­for­ma­tion Cen­ter/Na­tional Crime In­for­ma­tion Cen­ter) as a miss­ing per­son.

Author­i­ties and fam­ily mem­bers used so­cial me­dia in their at­tempts to find Mack, but no tips were re­ceived. Deputies be­gan to feed and wa­ter the dogs after fam­ily mem­bers re­ported they couldn’t.

“Ac­cord­ing to fam­ily and neigh­bors, it was un­com­mon for Fred­die to leave his dogs unat­tended,” King said.

On May 15, another search of the prop­erty was con­ducted and a small piece of bone was found by a de­tec­tive. Days later and armed with a search war­rant, de­tec­tives found four other small pieces of bone. An an­thro­pol­o­gist was called to the scene and told de­tec­tives that of­fi­cials with the med­i­cal ex­am­iner’s of­fice should test the bones.

De­tec­tives also col­lected strips of cloth, sus­pected hu­man hair and other bone frag­ments for test­ing.

The re­mains were an­a­lyzed by the Tar­rant County Med­i­cal Ex­am­iner’s Of­fice, and the bones were sent to the Univer­sity of North Texas Cen­ter for Hu­man Re­mains Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion.

Of­fi­cials with the med­i­cal ex­am­iner’s of­fice no­ti­fied de­tec­tives on Tues­day, positively iden­ti­fy­ing the re­mains and DNA col­lected as be­long­ing to Mack. Fam­ily mem­bers also were no­ti­fied that day.

Deputies seized 16 dogs, and author­i­ties have ob­tained an or­der to eu­th­a­nize 13 of them. Ini­tially, there were 18 dogs, but two were killed by other dogs.

John­son County Sher­iff's Of­fice

Author­i­ties searched for clues on the prop­erty of a miss­ing John­son County man. The in­ves­ti­ga­tion later de­ter­mined the man was eaten by his dogs.

Fred­die Mack

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