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A forensic examination Thursday in Dallas confirmed the identity of a body found Wednesday night in northern Red River County as that of Troy Gray Jr., Paris Police Chief Bob Hundley said Friday.
“With positive identification, the case is being investigated as a homicide,” Hundley said. The chief had tentatively identified the body on Thursday, based on the family’s description of a tattoo.
“This investigation has several different crime scenes, with his burned car being found in southern Lamar county, his last time being seen at his residence in the city of Paris, and the body being discovered in northern Red River County,” the chief said.
The Lamar County Sheriff’s Office, Red River County Sheriff’s Office, the Paris Police Department and the Texas Rangers are coordinating their respective investigations.
Gray’s body was found Wednesday night in northern Red River County. An individual called the Red River County sheriff’s department to report seeing the body off a roadway.
Gray, who would have 30 on April 22, had been missing for about three weeks.
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.
By Charles Richards, eParisExtra