Elderly Man Found Dead In Yard Was Beaten

By: Rachel Cox, Matt Howerton Email
By: Rachel Cox, Matt Howerton Email
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An elderly Central Texas man found dead in the backyard of his home was beaten, authorities said Monday.

Jack B. Ray (Courtesy photo)

BELL COUNTY (October 14, 2013)--Jack B. Ray, 83, who was found dead in the backyard of his home just outside of Killeen, died of blunt force trauma, sheriff’s deputies said Monday.

Bell County sheriff's investigators and Texas Rangers were looking for leads in the death Monday.

Killeen Fire Department first responders found Ray's body Saturday after responding to a report of a man down in the yard of the home on FM 439 east of the city.

Ray was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators were still working with Ray's family Monday to determine if anything was taken.

"His bedroom was ransacked, but he was not known for keeping large amounts of money around; in fact if you needed anything he was the type who would just give it to you," Bell County Sheriff Eddy Lange said Monday.

Investigators are asking anyone with information about Ray's death to call the Bell County Sheriff's Department Criminal Investigation Division at (254) 933-6759.

A funeral service for Ray will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Lifeway Fellowship Church at 4001 East Elms Road in Killeen.

Visitation is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Harper-Talasek Funeral Home at 508 North 38th St. in Killeen.

Ray was a lifelong Killeen resident who worked for many years as a civil engineer at Fort Hood and also operated his own ranch.

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