Police have identified the victim as an 81 year old John Jerome Ferles of Palestine. Based on the evidence at the scene it is believed that Mr. Ferles' death was due to homicidal violence.
Police have also learned that the vehicle belonging to the victim has been recovered and is being stored at a wrecker facility in East Texas. Palestine Police will be traveling to the area to view the vehicle and try and identify any possible evidence in the case.
PALESTINE (KYTX) - On October 28, 2013 officers from the Palestine Police Department were dispatched to a residence in the 100 block of Longhorn Drive concerning the welfare of a resident there.
Police arrived on the scene and found the back door to the residence unsecure. Officers entered the residence to check on the welfare of the elderly resident and found a person deceased inside the residence.
During the initial stages of the investigation police spoke with the victim's neighbors and learned that the subject had not been seen in several days. It was also learned that the victim's car was missing from the residence.
Police are attempting to locate the victim's vehicle. The vehicle in question is a 2004 Chevy Impala with Texas license plate # 6ND-CJ. The car is gold or light brown in color.
The victim was pronounced dead by Justice of the Peace James Todd. The victim was transported to the Medical Examiner's Office in Tyler for an autopsy. The results of the autopsy will not be released for up to 60 days.
The police have talked with several people in the neighborhood. Officers are continuing to follow up several investigative leads at this time.
The case is being investigated as a homicide by the Palestine Police Department. The Palestine PD is being assisted in the homicide investigation by members of the Texas Rangers.
The name of the victim will not be released until the next of kin has been notified.
Anyone with information concerning this or any other case is asked to call the Palestine Police Department at 903-729-2254 or CRIMES STOPPERS at 903-729-(TIPS) 8477.