The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

Local News

September 26, 2013

Body found near U.S. 79 bridge identified

PALESTINE — Law enforcement officials have released the identity of a deceased male discovered underneath a bridge last week on U.S. 79 as a transient with ties to the Neches area.

The body of Joseph Lee Richard, 57, was discovered by a mowing crew from the Texas Department of Transportation at about noon on Sept. 17 beneath a bridge on the Neches River.

Anderson County Sheriff Greg Taylor reports no signs of foul play in the case.

“The preliminary autopsy report reveals that the man’s injuries were consistent with a fall,” he said. “There is no evidence of violence as the cause of his death.”

Taylor reported that Richard lived a nomadic lifestyle and that he had family in the Neches area.

Investigators in the case said the body looked like it may have been under the bridge for “a few days.”

Anderson County Justice of the Peace James Todd told media officials that the mowers spotted the body “before hitting it with the mower.”

The Department of Public Safety and Texas Rangers are assisting in the investigation.

Mary Rainwater may be reached via e-mail at  mrainwater@palestineherald.com

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Korean War Veterans meal set Friday

    Local Korean War veterans are invited to be guests of honor for a special Korean War Veterans Day barbecue lunch set for Friday, celebrating the anniversary of the ending of the conflict in 1953.

    July 24, 2014

  • Group moves to recall Palestine mayor, councilmember

    In weeks following the public uproar that ensued over leadership issues in the Palestine Police Department — which culminated with Chief Robert Herbert being fired by the city manager on June 23 — a group of concerned voters has turned its attention to the individuals who they say are “responsible” for the crisis, as well as other community concerns: elected officials.

    July 24, 2014

  • 7-23-WED-alice-murder-mystery.jpg Alice in Wonderland murder mystery event begins Friday at historic jail

    Through the years, the story of “Alice's Adventures in Wonderland” has enticed all ages — first through its 1865 novel by Lewis Carroll and then through various films, television shows and productions.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • PISD board hears report on summer TACE program

    Palestine Independent School District Superintendent Jason Marshall gave a report on the success of the district's Summer TACE (Texas Afterschool Centers on Education) Program during the PISD regular Board of Trustee meeting Monday.

    July 23, 2014

  • Palestine Facade Improvement Grant applications due Thursday

    Individuals looking to apply for the Facade Improvement Grant should do so by 4 p.m. this Thursday.

    July 23, 2014

  • Palestine Police seek help in identifying burglars

    The Palestine Police Department is seeking help from the public in identifying two suspects involved in a burglary that occurred early Saturday morning.

    July 22, 2014

  • Christmas in July continues with sales, grape stomp and more

    Ask any child or child-hearted adult, and 364 days is just too long to wait for the joys of Christmas to roll back around on the calendar.

    July 22, 2014

  • Palestine ISD welcomes new CATE director

    With sights set on preparing students to enter a competitive workforce, Palestine Independent School District has extended open arms to newcomer Chris Kiser, who will serve as the Director of Career and College Readiness with the Career and Technical Education Department (CTE).

    July 22, 2014

  • Palestine man arrested for sexual assault of a child

    A 39-year-old Palestine man remains in the Anderson County Jail after his arrest last week for a sexual assault of a child warrant stemming from an outcry made by a teen-aged girl on July 7.

    July 22, 2014

  • State politicos back Perry's move to send troops to the border

    Gov. Rick Perry's decision Monday to activate and deploy up to 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to help secure the Texas-Mexico border has been met by much applause from Texas's political leadership, including current Agriculture Commissioner and Palestine native Todd Staples, U.S. Congressman Jeb Hensarling and others.

    July 22, 2014