Former Gregg County sheriff found dead

GREGG COUNTY (KYTX) - A former sheriff of Gregg County was found dead at his residence Monday afternoon, according to Sheriff Maxey Cerliano.

Tom H. Welch, born in 1929, was found dead at his residence in northern Gregg County, Cerliano said. A death investigation is being conducted, however there are no signs of foul play.

"Death investigations are pretty common. There doesn't have to be signs of foul play," Cerliano said.

He said the fact that Welch was the only person at the residence when he was found is a reason for an investigation.

Welch was elected on November 7, 1972; re-elected November 2, 1976 and served until December 1979 when he resigned.


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