Body of missing elderly Texas City man found in ditch

By Jill Courtney, Sr. Web Editor, Click2Houston.com
Published On: Feb 13 2014 12:56:34 PM CST
TEXAS CITY, Texas -

Police said they have found the body of the elderly Texas City man who was reported missing Thursday morning.

Texas City police said Tommy Garner, 85, walked out of his home in the 400 block of 17th Avenue North between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. Thursday.

Officials said Garner, who suffered from dementia, was immediately reported missing by his family.

Several law enforcement agencies, including Houston police, La Marque police and the Coast Guard, assisted Texas City officers in their search for Garner.

Just before 9:30 a.m., Texas City police said a passerby reported finding person who was down in a small ditch near water.

Officers responded to the scene and found Garner’s body.

Police said foul play is not suspected in his death.

The medical examiner has not yet released an official cause of death.

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