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    TX - Austin, WhtMale UP12160, 40-75, found in utility trailer, Jan'14



    Police said the body was found on January 17, 2014 inside a small utility trailer in the 1400 block of West 3rd Street.
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    At the time he was found, he was wearing jeans, a t-shirt, a gray zippered hooded sweatshirt and a brown jacket.
    http://kxan.com/2016/09/02/austin-po...ailer-in-2014/

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    "Death Due to Natural Causes" plus "Contact APD Homicide Main Line"?

    UID was found in a utility trailer, I wonder if he was a landlord or hired to work on the property?

    I wonder what happened there?

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    My first thought is he may have been living in it. The cost of housing here is getting ridiculous. Add to the lack of affordable housing the sheer number of people moving here daily. That's been going on for a few years.

    But yes - died of natural causes doesn't seem to go with homicide. Unless he couldn't get out?

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    Quote Originally Posted by macrauchenia View Post
    "Death Due to Natural Causes" plus "Contact APD Homicide Main Line"?

    UID was found in a utility trailer, I wonder if he was a landlord or hired to work on the property?

    I wonder what happened there?
    Perhaps he was locked inside the trailer and starved or suffocated to death? If someone else locked him in, it would be homicide. Good question though. I wonder if police know who owned the utility trailer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by OkieGranny View Post
    Thanks, OkieGranny! The case info is much different from the news story and APD flyer which said he was found in a "small utility trailer". Namus says:
    APD found the decedent in an abandoned mobile home located in an undeveloped lot in Austin. It appears the man was using the mobile home as a temporary place to sleep. The land owner did not know anyone who was supposed to be on the property.
    There is a big difference between a small utility trailer and mobile home.

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    Maybe it was an old mobile home being used as a utility trailer? Some of the really old ones were pretty small.

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    Shawn Herman AKA "Elvis" is the right height and case info makes it sound like he was homeless (hangs out downtown and ride the bus often) : https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/24745/

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    Quote Originally Posted by OkieGranny View Post
    Maybe it was an old mobile home being used as a utility trailer? Some of the really old ones were pretty small.
    That could be. I was hoping street view would help but there is not direct street view of the lot. Google Earth seems to show several small out buildings hidden by the trees behind the building at that address: https://www.google.com/maps/place/14...9!4d-97.762181

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    Maybe they mean one of those mobile office trailers, like at construction sites? Hard to tell from satellite view.


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    I just figured out a side street has a view into the yard behind the building. There is a utility trailer and several older Motor homes: https://www.google.com/maps/place/14...762181!6m1!1e1

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gardener1850 View Post
    Shawn Herman AKA "Elvis" is the right height and case info makes it sound like he was homeless (hangs out downtown and ride the bus often) : https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/24745/



    Haven't figured out how to do side by side in my phone yet. Missing / found dates are off a bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by watergirl62 View Post



    Haven't figured out how to do side by side in my phone yet. Missing / found dates are off a bit.
    Oh, oops, you are right it says Shawn was last seen in April 2014. Oh well, back to looking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by watergirl62 View Post
    Looks like a strong possible match. Good find.

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