By CRISTIN REECE
PALESTINE — Palestine police continue to investigate the death of an elderly man found dead at his residence on Longhorn Drive on Monday.
On Monday, officers from the Palestine Police Department were dispatched to a residence in the 100 block of Longhorn Drive concerning the welfare of a resident there, police reports state.
"Police arrived on the scene and found the back door to the residence unsecure," Palestine Police Department Public Information Officer Lt. James Muniz said in a statement released to the Herald-Press. "Officers entered the residence to check on the welfare of the elderly resident and found a subject deceased inside the residence.This case is being investigated as a homicide by the Palestine Police Department."
Police reports indicate police spoke with the victim’s neighbors and learned the subject had not been seen in several days. It also was learned the victim’s car was missing from the residence. Police are attempting to locate the victim’s vehicle -- a 2004 Chevy Impala with Texas license plate number 6ND-CJ. The car is gold or light brown in color.
"Officers are continuing to follow up several investigative leads at this time," Muniz said.
The victim, whose name police have not released at this time, was pronounced dead by Anderson County Justice of the Peace James Todd. The victim was transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Tyler for an autopsy, which will not be released for up to 60 days.
The Palestine Police Department is being assisted in the homicide investigation by members of the Texas Rangers.
Anyone with information concerning this or any other case is asked to call the Palestine Police Department at 903-729-2254 or CrimeStoppers at 903-729-TIPS (8477).