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Body found in truck; man and woman arrested after allegedly throwing bloody items in dumpster

Body found in truck; man and woman arrested after allegedly throwing bloody items in dumpster

POSTED: Tuesday, April 10, 2012 - 10:59am

UPDATED: Tuesday, April 10, 2012 - 11:47am

UPDATE: The victim in the homicide case has been identified as Gilbert Joseph Thibodeaux, age 32 of Nacogdoches.

A man's body was found in a truck in Nacogdoches after a man and woman were seen dumping bloody items in a dumpster.

Nacogdoches Police say the homicide happened sometime Monday night at a house on the 300 block of Myrtle Street.

At 11:18 pm, officers were called to a suspicious person call at Nacogdoches Floral Company on North Street. A man and woman were observed placing some items in the dumpster outside the business and leaving the scene in a pickup truck. After checking the dumpster, officers found some items that appeared to have blood on them. A description of the truck was obtained and a search was launched.

At approximately 1:07 am Tuesday morning, a Nacogdoches Police Officer on patrol located the truck in the parking lot of Walgreens, located at North Street and East Austin. Upon checking the vehicle, officers located the body of a male inside the vehicle.

The deceased is a 32 year old man from Nacogdoches. His identity is being withheld at this time pending notification of next of kin. He appeared to be the victim of an assault. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace LeAnn Goerner.

The investigation led officers to a residence in the 300 block of Myrtle Street. At the residence, officers found evidence of an assault in the driveway. Officers have two suspects in custody for this murder.

In custody is Erin Leann Belz, age 26 of Nacogdoches and Randy Ellinwood, age 31 of Nacogdoches. The investigation indicates that the victim and the suspects were acquainted, and that the victim went to the Myrtle Street address where he was assaulted. It is believed that the suspects drove the victim to Walgreens parking lot. The pickup truck involved belongs to the victim.

“Officers and Detectives worked throughout the night and early morning on this case. Through their hard work, they were able to bring this homicide to a successful conclusion”, said Sgt. Greg Sowell of the Nacogdoches Police Department.

The investigation is continuing in the case at this time.

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