Forensic exam in Dallas confirms identity of body as that of missing Paris man

Troy Gray Jr.

Troy Gray Jr.

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

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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.