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Brush fire leads to discovery of body in E. Texas

HARRISON COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - Firefighters in Harrison County find the body of a missing man inside a wildfire burn area.

The discovery was made Tuesday by Texas Forest Service personnel at the dead end of Baker Bridge Road in the Woodlawn Community of Northern Harrison County.

"The Sheriff's Office received a call on Saturday regarding a person who had walked into the woods and had not come back," says Deputy Jay Webb.

Witnesses told investigators that 59-year-old Forrest Weeks walked away from his home into a heavily wooded area on Saturday, setting off a huge search.

But on Tuesday, a fire broke out on nearby Lee Island Road.

There had been a fire in this area that day before, and as crews were going through the ashes, that's when they discovered the man's body.

A bulldozer operator made the discovery.

Investigators say no foul play is suspected, and Weeks had no medical issues that would have caused him to be disoriented.

"Some of the things just don't add up, the wallet being in his pants and everything that indicated who he was, was still with him, the description we had of him, the clothes he had on when he walked into the woods, he still had on... just don't know," says Webb, "We really don't have any idea why he was out there by himself."

Investigators have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of Weeks' death.

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