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Tuesday, January 15 2013, 07:27 PM CST
Update: Man drowned on Lake Sam Rayburn

JASPER COUNTY - From Jasper County Sheriff's Office - Sheriff Mitchel Newman stated that on Sunday night 01/06/2013 Jasper County Sheriffs Office received a call of a vehicle on fire at park beside the Sam Rayburn Dam on Hwy 255. It was later discovered that the vehicle belonged to 49 years Cecil Sells out of Arlington, Texas.


After Investigators talked with family members of Sells, Sells had made comments of suicide to more than one Family Member right before the vehicle was found burning. No evidence from the burned vehicle showed any signs of Sells.


On Monday afternoon 01/14/2013 Sells body was found washed on shore at Lake Sam Rayburn.


On Tuesday morning 01/15/2013 an Autopsy was performed on Sells and showed that he died from drowning.


 


JASPER COUNTY- by Mike Lout/KJAS:


Jasper County Sheriff Mitchel Newman is investigating the discovery of a body on the southmost shore of nearby Lake Sam Rayburn.


Newman said officers were called to the area of shoreline behind the U.S. Army Corps Engineers Building, on Recreational Road 255, shortly after 3:00, on Monday afternoon, when it was reported that two workers from the corps had located the body.


Newman and others believe the body to be that of a 49 year old Cecil Sells of Arlington, who has been missing for several days.


Officers say a search for Sells, who is a former resident of Jasper, began on the evening of January 6th, shortly after fire destroyed a 2007 Nissan Maxima belonging to him, while it was parked adjacent to the dam, only a few hundred feet from where his body was found.


Newman said emergency dispatchers received a call on that evening from someone who had stopped at a nearby restroom in the park and saw that the car was on fire.


Firemen were dispatched to the scene, but the vehicle was a complete loss and was destroyed to the point that nothing could be identified.


Investigators who later spoke with a family member were reportedly told that Sells was suicidal and that he was talking about walking out into the lake.


Newman said officers searched the area, but did not find any sign of sells or anything that would indicate that he had actually went into the water.


Newman said that there was no immediate evidence as to how sells died and that there were no obvious injuries.


Whether Sells killed himself or whether it is a case of homicide is the question that officers hope to answer as they continue to investigate the incident.


Newman said Sells body was taken to Stringer and Griffin Funeral Home here in Jasper and that arrangements were being made to transport it to Nederland, where an autopsy would be performed to determine the cause of death.

Update: Man drowned on Lake Sam Rayburn

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Residents in Liberty County consider options as water rises

Voluntary evacuation in Tyler County, residents help out

Coast Guard, local agencies respond to ship grounding off Port Arthur

Driver has medical emergency, drives into new HEB store

Update on 11th Street crime crackdown

James Ware reports from new HEB opening in Beaumont

Tyler County Judge issues disaster declaration as evacuation proceeds

Breaking news: second person dies from Magnolia Park shooting

Large marina breaks loose at Lake Rayburn during storm

Newton County extends local state of disaster

Comptroller reminds Texas of resources for disaster relief

Liberty County to open Red Cross shelter; SRA raises flow from dam

Tyler County calls for voluntary evacuation along Neches River

Texas man dies trying to save stranger in flood

Special text message can cause iPhones to crash

Campus Carry bill passes Texas Senate

TxDOT: Trees down, water on roads

AP: 800 to 1,400 homes damaged in Houston

School delays

Mayfest 2015 reschedule for June 18

Rockets fan recalls being stuck at Toyota Center

Trinity River water levels rise affecting Liberty County

Floods overwhelm Newton County, govn't offers buy-out program

Torrential rains cause flooding in Houston; three deaths reported

DPS warns residents: flooding still a risk

Mail delivery continues for Houston and surrounding area

Gift of Life presenting info on risks of melanoma

Liberty update -- County: No homes flooded, some roads covered with water

Road near Kirbyville caves in due to heavy rains

BBB warns of scheme targeting veterans

Big Thicket Preserve sets temporary trail closures due to flooding

Houston mayor: cars littered all over

Report: Charter Communictions to buy Time Warner

Tornado destroys 800 homes in border town

Police find 66 lbs of cocaine on Galveston beach

HEB's College St. store to open tomorrow

Houston Transtar reports 27 highwater closures

McFaddin Ward board names Leslie Wilson new president

Health news -- Motherhood may permanently alter brain

Aerial view of flooded roadways in Houston

Austin Water reports numerous wastewater overflows due to heavy rain,flooding

Reporter shows devastation of Blanco River flooding

Report: DFW flights delayed by sinkhole near runway

High water causes road closures in Chambers County

Video: Flooding highways in Houston

Neighbor risks life, moves burning van to save family's home

Waterspout picks up bounce house on Florida beach; children injured

Collision injures several people in Vidor; medical helicopter called to scene

Many spend Memorial Day weekend on the beach

Wreck claims 2 lives, MADD speaks out

Video of car swept away in floodwaters

Governor adds Jasper, Newton Counties to disaster declaration

12 reported missing after Hays County flooding

Jasper County Sheriff's Office report

Update on Trinity River flood stage

DPS releases name of teen bicyclist killed in crash

Ambulance crashes, first responders unhurt

OPD: Crash in Orange kills husband and wife riding motorcycle

Update: Child hit by car in Orange County not seriously injured

Water levels rise in Sabine River; residents prepare for flooding

Child hit by car in Orange County, flown to hospital

Police release name of man fatally shot Saturday at Magnolia Park in Beaumont

Youth honor deceased veterans for Memorial Day

Beaumont Police arrest man for fatal shooting at Magnolia Park

Lamar graduates celebrate accomplishments on graduation day

Beaumont Police investigating fatal shooting at Magnolia Park

Pedal cyclist Killed in Crash near Buna

More travelers expected on roads this Memorial Day weekend

Boil water notice for some Jasper County residents

U.S Coast Guard offers tips on Memorial Day boating safety

SETX soldier welcomed home after overseas tour

Newton County Judge declares emergency for weather threat

Liberty County official: no evacuation expected

Severe weather threatens storm-stricken Texas again

Report: Biker threats against Texas law officers

Traveling? Check KFDM.com to find out how traffic is flowing

Waco restaurant bans bikers then lifts ban

Takata airbag recall may take up to 5 years

Flooding Trinity River spills from banks in Liberty County, officials on alert

Fuel spill in Kountze reroutes traffic

Texas adds 287,000 jobs over year ago; local jobless rate at 6 percent

CPSO invites comments on accepting federal gear

Health News

AL: Senior prank goes awry; teacher, 4 students face punishment

TX Insurance Dept offers Hurricane Season tips

OH: police rescue man from burning car

Students react to dead hog tied to West Brook H.S. flagpole

DPS details cause of accident that led to I-10 shutdown

Driver slams into back of Little Cypress-Mauriceville school bus

Traffic Update (6 PM) all lanes on I-10 Neches R. bridge now open

11th Street businesses look forward to future following undercover sting

Jury indicts man on six counts of child endangerment

Press Club hurricane meeting aims at preparedness

Greg Bostwick looks at rainfall totals around the area

BREAKING -- Grand Jury indicts 6 officers in Freddie Gray death

Lamar Police make arrest in indecent exposure case

Jury convicts man of Jasper County murder; deliberating punishment

Jasper man guilty of murder, gets 25-years and $2,500 fine

UPDATE - Traffic alert I-10 Westbound Purple Heart Bridge blocked

BISD investigating to find out who tied dead hog to West Brook flagpole; district releases statement

Waco businesses reopening at biker battle shopping center

FTC and states settle with charities they call 'sham'

Jefferson County SO asking help to find 'dangerous fugitive'

Influx of volunteers to speed up New Orleans Katrina rebuilding

Update on 11th Street crime crackdown

Judge dismisses domestic violence charges against Ray Rice

Census: 5 Texas cities in U.S. Top 10 for population gain

Lamar State College-Port Arthur names President’s and Dean’s lists

Final farewell but not goodbye to Kelli on news set at 10 p.m.

McNeese State graduates 30 Texas students

Local man indicted on charge related to stabbing puppy to death

Local man indicted on intoxication manslaughter charge

After Kelli Phillips' farewell, stay tuned for David Letterman's sign off

Lamar Police searching for man who exposed himself at track

Caravan to Catch a Killer

Woman sexually assaulted in Liberty County by fake Etsy retailers

Law enforcement agencies crack down on crime on 11th Street

Swarming termites become a nuisance

Security stepped up at Jasper trial after courtroom disturbance

Two new Regional Crime Lab investigators trained

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul starts filibuster over NSA bill- watch it live

Police find car in water, belongs to naked man seen wandering

Gang injunction leads to first conviction

Police finishing investigation at site of biker shootout

AAA: Texas gas prices continue slow steady climb

AT&T: 4 in 10 smartphone users use social media while driving

Man who caught Listeria-related Meningitis sues Blue Bell

Nederland fire fighters raise $5,617 for MDA in Fill the Boot drive

Breaking News: Police say report of body in Sabine Lake may have been naked, disoriented man now seen walking on Pleasure Island

Sterling family speaks out about organ donation

Link to organ donor registry site

Sour Lake Post Office reopens after fire

Supporters of "open carry" bill optimistic about it becoming law

Pinehurst officers seek key witness in armed robbery

Crimestoppers needs you help to catch two gunmen

Lamar police seeking man for indecent exposure

Presidential candidate Ted Cruz speaks here

Liberty County woman sexually assaulted after internet transaction

Blowout well capped; RR Commission investigating

Lamar State College Port Arthur confers 188 degrees

Randy Sayers takes over as new Jasper mayor

Lamar State College-Port Arthur honors top ranking students

Golden Triangle Militia seeks recognition from Orange County

President's order limits military surplus equipment law enforcement agencies can receive

Making a difference in the biker community

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Business News

Business and economic reports due out early this week

WASHINGTON (AP) --There are no government economic reports scheduled for release today but the Institute for Supply Management will put out its June service sector index.

Consumer News

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 Companies that pride themselves on being eco-friendly may have conflicted
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 reputation. ...

Entertainment News

HOLIDAY BOX OFFICE

NEW YORK (AP) -- Magic Mike and the Terminator didn't have much of a bang over the July 4th weekend.

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POOP-SNIFFING DOGS

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Dope sniffing dogs?

Science/Tech News

IN THE NEWS: STANDOFF OVER SOCIAL MEDIA PASSWORDS BREAKS NEW LEGAL GROUND

HOUSTON (AP) -- A Houston-area man had used social media to promote his gun store, posting politically charged messages that criticized the president and promoted Second Amendment rights.


 

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