By HEATHER C. COX
Special to the PRESS
The lifeless body of a man later identified as Jeremy Tyrone Eyster, of Irving TX, washed ashore last weekend near public Beach Access 6. At this time, a gunshot wound to the head has caused investigators to treat Eyster’s death as a homicide.
Eyster’s body was discovered by a passerby who alerted the constable’s office near 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 29. He was reportedly clothed in a blue t-shirt, shorts and tennis shoes but had no identification or personal effects on his person.
Members of ICE used specialized fingerprinting equipment which reportedly identified Eyster and alerted authorities to his most current geographic location.
Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio said, “We don’t know exactly what happened; however, he did have a hole or gunshot wound through the top of his head. We don’t know the type of caliber yet.” He added that the death is still under investigation at this time and is being treated as a homicide until evidence from a pathologist report indicates otherwise.
Eyster had not been reported missing at the time officials contacted his family. No known reason regarding the victim’s whereabouts or possible cohorts has surfaced at this time, and investigators do not know why or with whom Eyster was visiting the Island.
“We’re still working on other details,” said Lucio of more specific details which remain either unknown or undisclosed as of presstime.
Access 6 is a rather undeveloped portion of South Padre Island, though according to Lucio, past records indicate that criminal mischief and death occurrences at this public access “are few and far between.” When asked whether the sheriff’s office will be altering security measures in the area, Lucio stated, “The constables are there. We have no plans to increase security [at this part of the island] anymore at this time.”
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