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Austin man found dead had been living in vehicle, sheriff’s office says


DEL VALLE

Man found dead was living in vehicle

Investigators have identified a man who was found dead Saturday in a vehicle parked on the grass off Texas 71 in Del Valle, the Travis County sheriff’s office said.

Cesadio Rodriguez, 29, of Austin, was pronounced dead at 11:17 a.m. Saturday, just a few minutes after someone called 911 about an unresponsive man in a vehicle off Texas 71 at Doctor Scott Drive.

Rodriguez’s cause of death has not been determined yet. The Travis County medical examiner’s office is awaiting lab tests before they draw a conclusion, sheriff’s officials said.

There were no obvious signs of foul play, officials said Saturday.

Rodriguez had been living in his car for about a month and had several health issues, according to friends and family.

A Travis County deputy had checked on two men who were living in the same vehicle as recently as Thursday. The men told the deputy they were OK and didn’t need assistance, the sheriff’s office said.

— Katie Hall, American-Statesman

LAKE TRAVIS

ATF to help investigate Islamic center fire

Travis County has reached out to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for help in the investigation into a weekend fire that completely destroyed a building that had been under construction by the Islamic Center of Lake Travis.

“Any time there’s a fire in a place of religious assembly we notify the ATF in accordance with federal law,” Travis County Fire Marshal Tony Callaway said Monday.

The partially constructed building, located at the 4700 block of Doss Road in Lake Travis’ Hudson Bend area, burned down early Saturday.

Callaway said fire investigators were still searching for the cause of the blaze, having obtained one security camera from the Islamic center itself that will be reviewed and checking cameras of nearby businesses.

Callaway said it remained unclear when construction workers last left the site before the fire started, which may point to a cause.

“There was a lot of exposed wood and such during this part of the construction phase, which allowed the fire to spread,” Callaway said.

Callaway asked anyone with relevant information to contact the Travis County Fire Marshal’s office at 512-854-4621.

— Rachel Rice, Lake Travis View



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