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Police say an Austin nightclub owner is a person of interest in the disappearance of Paresh Patel, whose body is said to be buried beneath the H-E-B in Buda.

Patel

Patel was last seen on Sept. 25, 2000. Four years later, former gang leader Richard Salazar testified that Texas Syndicate members killed and buried Patel while the store was under construction in 2000.

Patel was a co-owner of three downtown Austin nightclubs with Hussein “Mike” Yassine and his brother. The brothers are now in custody and are accused of distributing cocaine, as well as gun and money laundering charges, according to articles in the Austin American Statesman and YNN. Yassine has not been charged in Patel’s death.

According to a 2004 article in the Hays Free Press, H-E-B officials said the story of Patel’s burial was highly unlikely because the store’s construction was complete by September 2000.

“Just from a sheer timeline perspective, it is unlikely that Patel could have been buried there,” said Kate Rogers, then H-E-B’s regional spokeswoman. “By that time, clearly the foundation would have been poured. We were hiring by that time.”

This story was originally published in the Hays Free Press. It is reprinted through a news partnership between the Free Press and the San Marcos Mercury.

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