Travis County Search – October 30th, 2016

K9 handler, Jennifer Blanton, and Travis County Fire Rescue attend to the K9’s during a search on October, 30th, 2016 in southeast Travis County, TX.

Austin, TX — Skeletal remains were discovered this weekend by TEXSAR cadaver dogs.  At the request of Travis County Sheriff’s Office, TEXSAR, Texas Search and Rescue, was tasked with searching an area off of Maha Loop in southeast Austin.  The search area was determined after officials received a tip that indicated 33-year-old Paul Michael Longoria, of Creedmoor, had been murdered and his remains could be found in a wooded portion of the area.

The TEXSAR cadaver dogs, trained specifically to detect human remains, led officials to a body wrapped in a tarp under a bridge along the Maha Loop Road.  The Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the remains as those of Mr. Longoria. Due to the extensive decomposition of the body, the official cause of death won’t be determined for several weeks. “While our hearts go out to the Longoria family, we are grateful for the opportunity to serve our community in these difficult times,” stated Justen Noakes, CEO of Texas Search and Rescue, “This is why TEXSAR is committed to perpetual training. We depend on both our four-legged and two-legged team members to fulfill our mission.  Texans helping Texans.”

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