Man found lying in ditch, dies 2 days later

SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - By Courtney Lane - bio | email

SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - The Smith County Sheriff's Department is trying to figure out how a man died several days after he was mysteriously found lying face down in a ditch near Whitehouse.

Smith County received a welfare concern about 1:30 Saturday morning that Dwight Wayne Pawul, 41, had been drinking heavily and taking medication. Deputies responded to the home, located on County Road 2194, but could not find Pawul.

Then, at 7 a.m. that morning, a call came in that Pawul was discovered in a ditch near FM 756 and CR 129. He was still alive and transported to a hospital. However, he died just two days later.

Smith County investigators say they are not treating this as a homicide but there are still many unanswered questions. An autopsy is pending.

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