Man found dead in flooded storm sewer next to north Houston highway
A man found dead Tuesday afternoon in a flooded storm sewer along a north Houston highway may have fallen in by mistake, searchers believe.
Houston police and Texas Equusearch divers found the body in at least four feet of water in a hole near the Hardy Toll Road and Beltway 8 around 3:30 p.m. The searchers were looking for the man who vanished Friday after his car broke down.
“I think he just fell in,” Texas Equusearch founder Tim Miller said. “It was still dark and there’s high grass around this man hole. Freak accident.”
The search for the missing man, Alexander Medina, 69, started Friday after he disappeared during his pre-dawn commute to work. He is believed to have called his boss to say his vehicle broke down around 5 a.m. next to the beltway in Greenspoint, Miller said.
Houston police said the body and the man reported missing Friday may be the same person. The identification was pending the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.
“We found shoes, which certainly matched shoes he was wearing,” Miller said. “We found a new bottle of antifreeze and oil.”
A news release from Texas Equusearch on Friday said Medina may have been traveling with his dog, a black Chihuahua.