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Man found dead in Southeast Side apartment had multiple gunshot wounds

April 4, 2019

A man who may have been dead for months before his body was found in a Southeast Side apartment closet earlier this month had been shot several times, according to the Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office.

The body of Thomas Lyons, 43, was discovered on March 21 at about 9 a.m. on the 11th floor of the Fair Avenue Apartments, 1215 Fair Ave, authorities said. The medical examiner’s office ruled his death a homicide.

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On the day of the discovery, San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said Lyons’ death had gone undiscovered for months.

According to a police report, maintenance workers reported a strong, foul smell coming from the apartment in February, but that they could not figure out its source.

The smell was so bad, it was hard for one maintenance worker to enter the location, the report states.

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When two maintenance workers went inside, they said the apartment appeared vacant and thought the smell originated from a dead rodent, so they sprayed a chemical to get rid of the odor, investigators said.

A day before the discovery, a worker went back inside but the smell was still strong, police said.

Returning the next day, he opened a closet, pulled back a shower curtain inside it and found Lyons on the floor, the report said.

Police said they were unable to determine if Lyons was a tenant at the apartment.