Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

August 5, 2013

Police investigate death of local man found this morning

Ben Tinsley
Jacksonville Daily Progress

JACKSONVILLE — Jacksonville Police are investigating the death of a 40-year-old Cherokee County man whose body was discovered early this morning in a wooded area at the end of South Pineda.

The body of David James Taylor was discovered by a passerby. Authorities received the 9-1-1 call around 8:30 a.m. Monday, according to  Mariann Lindsey, Jacksonville dispatch supervisor.

The body was immediately sent to Tyler for autopsy while the Jacksonville police investigate his death, Jacksonville Detective Sgt. Daniel Franklin confirmed.

“The death appears to be natural, and there is no sign of foul play — although that remains under investigation,” Franklin said. “We really don't know at this point what, exactly, he was doing.”

The path on which Taylor's body was found was located near his home, Franklin said. The person who found his deceased body said he was on a trail at the time.

Taylor had been missing for a couple of days, authorities said. He did not possess a vehicle but lived in that general vicinity of town — which is probably closer to the county than it was the city, reports show.  

“It appears natural and there is no sign right now of foul play — although that is still under investigation,” Franklin said.

Taylor — who was unemployed and considered himself disabled — had been missing a couple of days was before he was discovered, reports show.

“People had been looking for him,” Franklin said. “His family said they hadn't seen him since Friday.”

According to authorities, Taylor had some run-ins with law enforcement in the past.