Sheriff's Office Investigates 2 Recent Water Related Deaths, LIVINGSTON, February 5, 2021...
On January 27, 2021, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of Bent Wood Bend Subdivision due to a body discovered floating in the creek area. Detectives were able to identify the victim as 59 year old Gary Earl Nash who resides in the area.
After further investigation into the death detectives learned from the son of Mr. Nash along with other relatives that on January 12th Mr. Nash returned home from a family funeral and talked about going bank fishing behind his home.
Detectives discovered a spot a short distance from where the body was discovered that Mr. Nash had recently found which had a deep embankment that Mr. Nash had to build a make shift ladder to get to the water. Fishing equipment identified to belong to Mr. Nash was located at the scene. It is suspected by detectives that Mr. Nash may have fallen from the embankment causing serious injuries. Detectives suspect no foul play to be the cause of Mr. Nash’s death.
Justice of the Peace Jamie Richardson was requested to the scene where an autopsy was ordered to be conducted at the Jefferson County Medical Examiner’s Office. The death is still under investigation at this time. --------------------------- On January 29, 2021 the Polk County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Idle Wild Subdivision after receiving 911 calls that a witness observed a man fall from a boat and never resurfaced.
Polk County Sheriff’s Office along with Onalaska Police Dept. Onalaska Fire and Rescue along with Texas Games Wardens provided boats where a search of the area was conducted. The search was called off after dark and continued the following morning.
On February 2, 2021, the Texas Games Wardens continuing their recovery efforts located the body of local resident 63 year old Edward Weeks. It is believed that Mr. Weeks was meeting a friend at the boat ramp to work on his boat at which time it stalled when he was witnessed falling into the water.
Justice of the Peace Jamie Richardson arrived to the scene where an autopsy was ordered to be conducted at the Jefferson County Medical Examiner’s Office. At this time the death is still under investigation.
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