Missing Paris man found dead north of Clarksville

Troy Gray Jr.

Troy Gray Jr.

A body found off a roadway in northern Red River County Wednesday night has been tentatively identified as that of Troy Gray Jr. of Paris, who had been missing approximately three weeks, Paris Police Chief Bob Hundley said Thursday.

“Based on tattoo descriptions, we believe the person found is Mr. Gray. The deceased has been sent to the Dallas area for forensic examination and positive identification,” Hundley said.

Gray would have observed his 30th birthday on April 22. He had been missing for almost three weeks.

Paris police were contacted by the Texas Rangers Wednesday evening regarding the discovery of a deceased person in Red River County, the chief said.

“The Red River County sheriff’s office had received a call from an individual who reported seeing the deceased person off of a roadway. Paris detectives and Texas Rangers met with the family of Troy Gray late (Wednesday) night regarding the discovery,” Hundley continued.

Gray, who was also known as ‘Leck’, was last reported seen at his home in Paris around 2 a.m. on Thursday, April 10. The clothing Gray had on when he left the residence had been described as a polo type shirt, dark shorts and a cap, according to authorities. He was 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

Lamar County Sheriff’s Office deputies located Gray’s vehicle — a 2014 white Chevy Malibu — badly burned on a county road south of Paris the day after he was last seen, leading investigators to suspect foul play.

The family had offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to Gray’s location or the arrest and conviction of anyone involved in a crime relating to his disappearance.

The Paris police chief had given an update on Tuesday into his department’s investigation.

Information had been received from the community, and his department was “following those leads as far as they will go,” Hundley said. But much of the information “is in the form of hearsay to the second and third level. However, this and all information is followed up on.”

By Charles Richards, eParisExtra

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Charles Richards Charles Richards moved to Paris in 2004 after retiring from a 40-year career in journalism – the last 26 years as a news writer and sports writer with The Associated Press in Dallas and Washington, D.C. In mid-2004, The Paris News coaxed him out of retirement, and he began covering the police, court and regional beat for The Paris News. Then in early 2005, he was switched to coverage of a sharply divided Paris City Council. He was appointed by the City Council in 2006 to the 12-member City Charter Review Commission, which extensively rewrote the outmoded document. His writing awards include two first-place awards in statewide competition for feature writing. The most recent was his 2005 story on a Paris doctor’s startling use of leeches in a successful attempt to re-attach a man’s severed ear. Over his career, Richards’ interview subjects include Alabama Gov. George Wallace, President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush, David Koresh, Arnold Palmer, Muhammad Ali and numerous other political and sports figures. He is an alumnus of Texas Tech, where he was editor of the school newspaper. He lives in Paris with his wife, Barbara, who is retired after 30 years as a teacher and high school counselor.