UPDATED: Body found along US 59 in Cleveland

UPDATE: Police say they are still unable to publicly identify the man whose body was found Sunday around the SH 105 bypass and US 59 in Cleveland.

“We believe the male is homeless, which is hindering our attempts to contact his next of kin,” said Capt. Scott Felts, spokesperson for Cleveland Police Department. “As soon as notification is made, we will be able to release the deceased’s name.”

The body appears to have been lying at this location for several weeks, Felts said.

ORIGINAL ARTICLE: The body of a 51-year-old male was found Sunday afternoon around the SH 105 bypass where it crosses US 59. The man’s body was found by a passerby, according to Cleveland Police Capt. Scott Felts.

Police have identified the man but his name will not be released until his next of kin have been notified, Felts said.

Pct. 6 Justice of the Peace Ralph Fuller was called to the scene and has ordered an autopsy at the coroner’s office in Beaumont.

Felts said the cause of death is unknown at this time. Police are considering the possibility that the man may have been struck by a car or jumped or fell from the overpass.

“There are no signs of trauma on his body but an autopsy will let us know if he had internal injuries,” Felts said.

The victim’s name may be released by Monday if police are able to locate his relatives.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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