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Update

6:43 p.m. THURSDAY, OCT. 30: The death of a man found deceased in a wooded park yesterday in San Marcos has preliminarily been ruled a suicide.

Candelora

Candelora

San Marcos Police investigators working on the case last night and today learned new information and recovered additional evidence indicating that Gregg G. Candelora (DOB 06/27/1980) took his own life. The Travis County Medical Examiner’s office has also preliminarily ruled the death a suicide after conducting an autopsy on the body today. The family has been notified.

Candelora was found deceased near the 800 block of Chestnut Street at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29 when police responded to a welfare check called in at 11:30 a.m. by a person who found him while walking through the woods. He was previously reported missing by his brother and his ex-girlfriend.

Candelora had been last seen about 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26.

Police considered his death suspicious, and the area where his body was found was treated as a crime scene in accordance with SMPD standard operating procedure when investigating unattended deaths.

The scene took an extended amount of time to investigate due to the steep, heavily wooded nature of the undeveloped parkland area.  Officers from the Texas State University Police Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety, as well as firefighters from the San Marcos Fire Department, assisted San Marcos police. San Marcos Water/Waste Water Department crews provided survey equipment and helped officers map the scene.

“We want to express our appreciation to the members of the public, public safety organizations and our own city utility crews who assisted in this case,” said Assistant Police Chief Bob Klett. “The information provided by the public helped us resolve this case and bring closure to Mr. Candelora’s family.”

Earlier

3:36 p.m. THURSDAY, OCT. 30: San Marcos police have identified the body of a San Marcos man found in a wooded area near a construction project on the 800 block of Chestnut Street in San Marcos.

Gregg G. Candelora, 34, was found deceased at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29 when police responded to a welfare check called in at 11:30 a.m. by a person who found him while walking through the woods. He was previously reported missing by his brother and his ex-girlfriend.

Candelora had been last seen at about 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 26.

Police are considering his death suspicious, and the area where his body was found is being treated as a crime scene in accordance with SMPD standard operating procedure when investigating unattended deaths.

Candelora’s body has been transported to the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.

People with information on Candelora’s whereabouts after Sunday morning may submit tips at www.citizenobserver.com or by calling the SMPD Criminal Investigation Division at 512-753-2300 during normal business hours or the police non-emergency number at 512-753-2108.

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