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Longview woman finds neighbor's dead body

Alexandra Carter
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POSTED: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 6:33pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 6:57pm

A gruesome discovery made by a Longview woman Monday night, when she found her neighbor, 40-year-old Donald Merrills dead outside.

Ashley Eastin called 9-1-1 around 6:00 Monday night after finding Merrill's body in the 400 block of Rebecca Circle, just feet away from his front door.

Gregg County Deputies say Merrills is known to have mental issues.

According to Eastin, Merrills walked frequently from his house to Wal-Mart on Loop 281, about a two mile walk. She believes that's what he was doing prior to his death and almost made it home.

"He was fully clothed, he had a winter coat, a shirt, he had a hat on..blue jeans and sneakers..He was fully clothed in the blazing heat..and I'm assuming he walked to Wal-Mart and almost got home because he had a grocery bag."

Preliminary autopsy results show the cause of death was natural but Justice of The Peace B.H. Jameson is waiting for toxicology to confirm whether heat was the definite cause. 

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