Body found in South Austin creek identified



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Posted on November 12, 2013 at 2:13 PM

UPDATE 11/12/13 -- Austin police have identified the body as 51-year-old Brian Scott Carnahan. Police say he was homeless.

Carnahan was reported missing on Friday, Nov. 1 by a family member. A cause of death has not been determined but APD is not investigating the death as suspicious.

AUSTIN -- Austin police found a body in a South Austin creek around 9:00 Saturday morning.

The Austin Police Department's Search and Rescue team was out training near S. 1st St. and Heartwood Dr. when officers discovered the body of a white male among flood debris. Police said it's fairly obvious the rushing water had something to do with this man's death.

People who live on Heartwood Drive said when heavy rains come, flooding on their street follows.

"Each time it gets scarier," said neighbor Scott Harpst. "It's literally like a raging river that comes through here."

Harpst moved here 15 years ago. He said this time around, the neighborhood had to evacuate.

"Firemen came and said to get out," he explained.

Just down the road is where search and rescue volunteers discovered a body during a training on Saturday morning.

"They have just regular training days that they're going to go out and have a dog and some volunteers that go out and work an area like this and see what they can find and how the terrain is, and today they actually came across something," explained Austin Police Cpl. David Boyd.

Police said the man appears to be homeless and matches the description of a person reported missing on Nov. 1 who was last seen in the area.

"The body was found kind of suspended in some flood debris, kind of elevated in the air. I'm not sure how high up, but it appears fairly obvious it was a flood-related event," Boyd explained.

"We're all vulnerable but particularly if you don't have any shelter," Harpst said. "They didn't know there was an evacuation. If they were down there, they're in trouble, big trouble."

Police said they're unsure how long the body had been there. They said it could have been from the flood in mid October or most recently on Halloween.