AUSTIN -- Austin police say a body found in a South Austin greenbelt Tuesday evening might have been swept away in the storms from this past weekend.
Matthew Richey and his 3-year-old son went walking along the greenbelt behind their home Tuesday evening. The father and son were looking for rocks for a school project.
"So he and I were walking back there. And after a few minutes I saw flies buzzing, and I smelled something, and thought probably a dead animal," Richey said.
He quickly realized it was a man caught in the debris along Williamson Creek.
"A bearded man, a face, I saw the upper part of his body unclothed, and a hand an arm, the rest covered. I got out of there as quickly as I could," he explained.
People who live near Heartwood Drive and South First say during heavy rains the creek can quickly become dangerous.
"It's a very quiet bubbling brook when it's just a nice rain. However, it can become a raging, roaring, just a really dangerous river," explained neighbor Rosemary Martinez.
Martinez said this weekend was the worst she's seen it in the 42 years she’s lived there.
"It's really, really serious. And it's very scary because it comes all the way up to the bank where I live," she explained.
Police are still working to identify the man in the creek. All they know is that he's white and in his 40s. They say no missing persons reports came in after the weekend's storms.
"The first thing I did was cover my son's face and went back in the house. Luckily he didn't see it. But I did. And it was very disturbing," Richey said.
Investigators are working to determine a cause of death.