A missing man in Hood County was found dead on Thursday after officials say a mountain lion attacked him.
Christopher Allen Whiteley, 28, was last seen in the early morning hours of Wednesday in the 1500 block of Howell Road in Lipan, the Hood County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release on Facebook. Deputies checked a nearby wooded area, the sheriff’s office said, and found Whiteley dead.
His body was sent to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office, where an autopsy was performed, officials said. Preliminary findings indicate he was “attacked by a wild animal, possibly a mountain lion,” according to the release.
The sheriff’s office is working with Texas Game Wardens and a trapper with the United States Department of Agriculture to track down the mountain lion, officials said.
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SOURCE: Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Jack Howland