Body found during search matches ID, description of missing man, police say

By Leigh Frillici - Reporter , Lea Wilson - Digital News Editor

HOUSTON - A body found by crews searching for a missing man near downtown Houston is believed to be the man they were searching for -- Donald Crenshaw.

Texas EquuSearch crews and HPD's Missing Persons Unit were out searching the area under the interchange of Highway 59 and I-10. Detectives from the Missing Person Unit found the body Friday during a search for 37-year-old Crenshaw, who has been missing since Monday night.

According to the Houston Police Department homicide division, a friend of Crenshaw called 911 and said he and Crenshaw had pulled over on an overpass at Highway 59 and Jensen Drive so that Crenshaw could to go to the bathroom, but he fell off the overpass. The friend reported that Crenshaw was hurt and he couldn't reach him.

Police and about 35 people from EquuSearch combed the area, which was about 3 to 4 miles away from what was thought to be the original location. 

Crenshaw's wife and her family hovered close by as they waited for police to identify a body that was found on the bank of a bayou. 

Detectives felt fairly certain it was Crenshaw because they found Crenshaw's ID on the body and the description matched.

The news was devastating for the family. Initially, they were suspicious of the friend's story, but police say it looks like a freak accident.

"They don't expect foul play," Crenshaw's wife said. "That's what I was told. No foul play involved. They just said it was a possible freak accident. He did fall over. But according to what they're saying, not foul play."

The investigation into Crenshaw's death is ongoing.

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