Body found in SPI apartment

Authorities outside of Sean Kirstein’s apartment on January 16. Kirstein was found dead inside his residence after SPI police commenced a welfare check. Photo by Gaige Davila.




A body was found in an apartment building at 2507 Gulf Blvd on South Padre Island last Thursday, January 16, afternoon. 

The decedent, Sean Kirstein, 44, from Elgin, IL, lived in Unit 3 of the apartment, where he was found dead, according to sources who knew Kirstein. Kirstein was known to live with one other person, but the PRESS could not independently confirm it.

Upon arrival to the scene, the PRESS was told by authorities they had strict instructions to not release information to media, a request from SPI Police Chief Claudine O’Carroll. 

Crime scene equipment on Sean Kirstein’s vehicle. Photo by Gaige Davila.

A police report obtained by the PRESS says police responded to the residence for a welfare check on Kirstein, who had not been “answering his door and had not been seen in days.” While the police report says Kirstein’s body was transported to a funeral home, a statement from the City of South Padre Island says the body was taken to Valley Baptist Hospital. 


The statement concludes that autopsy results are pending and that there is no further information available. 

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