Justice of the Peace orders autopsy on remains of man found off Jim Hogg Road in Smith County

Justice of the Peace orders autopsy on remains of man found off Jim Hogg Road in Smith County

SMITH COUNTY, Texas (KLTV) - Sheriff’s deputies and investigators are at a scene off Jim Hogg Road Tuesday night in Smith County.

Smith County Sheriff’s Office Spokesperson Larry Christian tells us someone found a body in the woods near a gas station. Witnesses in the area reported seeing numerous sheriff’s deputies behind the gas station. Crime scene tape was temporarily up around the scene, as well.

No details yet on whether the person died of natural causes or if foul play is suspected. At this time, investigators believe the partially decomposed body is that of a white male.

The Justice of the Peace has ordered an autopsy.

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