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Hood County Sheriff’s Office Believes Lipan Man Killed by Wild Animal, Possibly Mountain Lion

by Front Porch Rockwall


Photo of a mountain lion recently spotted near Rowlett.

Hood County Sheriff’s Office reported over the weekend that they believe a Lipan resident was killed by a wild animal, possibly a mountain lion.

On December 3rd around 3:30pm, Hood County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to the 15000 block of Howell Rd. in Lipan in reference to a missing person call.
Deputies were told Christopher Allen Whiteley, 28, was missing and last seen on December 2nd in the early morning hours.
Deputies checked a wooded area nearby and eventually found Whiteley, who was found deceased.
Whiteley’s body was sent to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy. The preliminary findings say he died from a wild animal attack, possibly a mountain lion.
The Hood County Sheriff’s Office contacted a Governmental Trapper with the USDA, who specializes in tracking and removing mountain lions.
Texas Game Wardens, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department biologists, and subject matter experts conducted an inspection of the scene. TWPD does not believe there is not any evidence of a predatory attack by a mountain lion at the location where the victim was found.
A Unites States Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services trapper also evaluated the evidence and came to the same conclusion as TWPD.

Hood County Sheriff’s Office does not agree with TWPD’s conclusion. They said, “It appears we have two conflicting reports from two agencies that are experts in their field. We stand behind the preliminary findings of the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office, that rule out a suicide and a homicide on the death in question. The investigation continues and we continue to gather pictures and statements from locals that have seen and capture on film images of mountain lions.

We will wait for the final autopsy report from the TCME Office. Hood County Sheriff Roger Deeds always errs on the side of caution when it comes to the safety and well-being of the citizens of Hood County and will continue to alert them of any safety issue that may affect them.”

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