Man identified after being found dead in Texas Medical Center

By Aaron Barker - Senior Digital Editor, Cathy Hernandez - Reporter, Daniela Sternitzky-Di Napoli - Digital News Editor

HOUSTON - The body of a man who went missing from a hospital was found Wednesday morning at a construction site in the Texas Medical Center.

Stanley Spigel's body was found about 6:30 a.m. at 6411 Fannin St., which is also the address of Memorial Hermann Hospital. Officials said Spigel was the subject of a missing person in a Houston Police Department case after he disappeared from Houston Methodist Hospital.

He was last seen Tuesday at Houston Methodist Hospital near the construction site, police said.

"One of the workers here at the construction site (was) reporting to work early this morning and when he arrived at work, he discovered the (man) on the ground, said Detective Gordon Sullivan with Houston Police Department. "He immediately called the police."

Houston police said Spigel, 73, was wearing regular clothing, and they do not believe he was homeless.

VIDEO: SKY2 flies over scene of body found in Texas Medical Center

Spigel suffered blunt force trauma to his head, authorities said.

Police also said they are not sure how  Spigel got inside since the area is a secure construction site.

The area was secured, but police said a person could just jump over the barriers.

Authorities are investigating whether Spigel's death was a homicide or if he could have fallen and hit his head. Authorities said they are waiting for autopsy results to determine an official cause of death.

“At this time, we don’t know if he was killed or not," Sullivan said. "We don’t know if it’s going to be a homicide or a suicide or whatever. We’re still investigating."

Authorities are working on getting surveillance video from the scene.

Memorial Hermann released the following statement about the incident:

"Local law enforcement is currently investigating the discovery of a deceased individual in a closed area of an exterior construction site on the campus. At this time, we do not believe the individual has any connection to the hospital. We are working closely with investigators, and do not have any additional information at this time."

Video from SKY2 showed investigators at the entrance of a parking garage next to the hospital.

 

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