LIPAN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – There was a lot of debate in December 2020 as to whether or not a man found dead in Hood County was killed by a mountain lion. On Tuesday officials released the results of that victim’s autopsy.
The body of Christopher Allen Whiteley was found in a wooded area of Lipan, about 65 miles west of Fort Worth, on December 3. The Hood County Sheriff’s Office said the 28-year-old died from a wild animal attack — possibly a mountain lion.READ MORE: Police: No Active Shooter At Parks Mall In Arlington, Fireworks Were Set Off
The sheriff’s office received Whiteley’s final autopsy from the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office on January 25 and his cause of death was determined to have come from “injuries of neck, due to animal attack” and was an accident.
Sheriff’s say they support the medical examiner’s ruling since there were no signs of foul play in Whiteley’s death.READ MORE: Texas AG Ken Paxton Looking To Oust San Antonio Police Chief William McManus
On December 1, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department confirmed a mountain lion sighting in Dallas County, near Lake Ray Hubbard in Rowlett. Officials there said they believe it was the same animal legally killed by a deer hunter in Hunt County days after Whiteley was found.
In a statement the Hood County Sheriff’s Office said —
“There is still a disagreement with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department whether Whiteley was killed by a mountain lion or not. The case is being closed by the Hood County Sheriff’s Office as an animal attack.”MORE NEWS: Russ Martin, Longtime North Texas Radio Personality, Found Dead At Frisco Home
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