DAYTON, Texas – A fisherman found the body of a missing man Sunday near the Trinity River in Liberty County, deputies said.
The man’s body was found not far from where crews were searching for him.
Authorities said the fisherman was searching for a place to fish along a tributary of the river when he found 22-year-old Nathan Heathco’s body in the water just off Private Road 442. Heathco was last seen walking on FM 1409 in Liberty County on Jan. 12, according to a spokesman for Texas Equusearch.
According to Criminal Investigation Division Capt. Billy Knox, an autopsy report revealed that Heathco had drowned.
Officials said they believe Heathco may have been injured in a vehicle crash prior to his disappearance.