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Autopsy shows no signs of foul play on body found in creek

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Police say there were no obvious signs of foul play after conducting an autopsy of a body found in a Waco creek. An early report from the autopsy indicates the victim is five-foot-one to five-foot-four in height and has no scars, marks, or tattoos on the body.

As of Friday night, police also don't know the identity of the body but officers do say they believe it is a male.  A homeowner nearby found the body in the creek near 15th street and Webster.  The resident didn't want to be identified but says he was checking his pumps at the creek when he smelled something wrong.  When he went to investigate, he saw a human hand.

When other people nearby found out, some went to see what was going on.

"It kind of puzzled me I said, 'A dead body in the creek?'" Waco resident Jesus Ruiz said. "When I seen it through the brush I saw the arm sticking out above the brush, but the body looked like it was decomposed."

Ruiz called police and officers got there within minutes, shortly after noon on Friday. 

"These types of situations there's only so much that we know right now, other than we have a body," Police spokesperson Steve Anderson said.  "Now comes the part, how did it get there and under what circumstances?"

"Maybe it would have been a homeless person or it could have been somebody just dropped, dumped them in there," Ruiz said. 

The body was underwater and among reeds so it took officers more than two hours to get the body out of the creek.  Using hazmat suits, crews were able to eventually get the body into a body bag. 

"It was a pretty steep embankment again trying to get the body out. Obviously you saw the haz-mat suits. You have to deal with the body, bodily fluids and those things. For their safety they wore those suits," Anderson said. 

Anderson says they will look over the missing's persons list to see if anyone matches.  The body was taken to Dallas for an autopsy.  Updates on the identity of the body and how it got there will posted as soon as they are available.

 "I just hope they find who the body, next of kin, whatever. And hope they find the person who did it, whatever happened to it," Ruiz said.   

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