Austin couple wakes up to heavily damaged garage, scattered car parts nearby

AUSTIN - Days later, much of the debris has been cleared, but there’s still plenty of evidence of the shocking scene Nathan and Natalie Dowd woke up to.

“The (garage) door was all knocked over - into this. You can see where the door went up there into the ceiling,” explained Nathan Dowd, as he gave KVUE a tour of the garage at his Austin home.

The Dowds have lived here for ten years, never having a morning quite as memorable as this.

“I went to bed at midnight and didn’t get up until 8:30 (a.m.). I don’t know what happened in that interim,” said Dowd.

When they woke up, they found massive damage to their garage door, glass smashed from the windows, a beam shattered, and much of their landscape strewn - apparently run-over.

“I went around (the neighborhood) looking.  I thought maybe I’d go look in the cul de sac and maybe find a car stashed somewhere -- and found one of the rocks about three blocks away. One of our house rocks,” said Dowd, as he tried to search for the vehicle involved.

The Dowds spent the weekend clearing out the debris, which included car parts from that now-missing vehicle.

“There was another big post here just like the side of that garage. There was another one of those here, and the rock of course around the corner. And that whole thing was lying down,” Dowd said, as he described the knocked-over beam, which is composed of five two-by-fours. 

The Austin Fire Department placed a temporary beam to keep the garage upright and were able to remove Dowds vehicle, which suffered minor scratches from the garage, safely.

The Dowds said they went to sleep around midnight Friday evening, and woke up around 8:30 AM Saturday morning, but didn’t hear anything overnight.

“These (windows) are double-paned.  But all the other windows that are the original windows, they have acrylic in there which are soundproof,” Dowd said.

The couple sleeps with their two dogs – Tater and Buster – in their bedroom, which is on the opposite side of the home from their garage. They added the door was shut, and most of the home is carpeted.

While Buster is deaf, Tater is alert.

“Tater didn’t hear a thing. And he’s got good ears,” Dowd said.

As we opened the door to the garage to walk inside, Tater immediately began to bark. 

On Saturday morning, Tater made no noise.

Off -camera a neighbor told KVUE when she returned home at around 1:40 Saturday morning, she didn't see or hear anything.  Natalie Dowd saw lights around 2:30 a.m., but at the time didn't think much of them.

“I just think it's one of those things,” said Dowd.

In the meantime, the Dowds are working on repairs to their home.

“The contractor is sending out his crew tomorrow, and they’re going to put plywood up to try and secure it because right now - it’s just a hole,” Dowd said.

KVUE reached out to APD late Monday afternoon, and have not yet heard back from the Sergeant with the Leaving The Scene Unit.

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