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VIDEO: Latest on the investigation into a body found in SW Austin

KAAL-TV
Updated: October 21, 2019 06:08 PM
Created: October 21, 2019 11:13 AM

UPDATE: We’re learning more about a body found over the weekend at a home in Southwest Austin.

Police say around 8:45 Saturday morning is when they were dispatched to the 800 block of 8th Avenue Southwest in Austin. When they arrived, police found an 18-year-old woman lying dead on the sidewalk outside her home. Her body was discovered by her father.

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The Austin police department is leading the case while working closely with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Their main focus is trying to figure out the woman’s cause of death.

Police say a man was located on the roof outside the home of where the woman was found.

Nick Phanchan, a neighbor of the woman said:

“I took my dog and I noticed that the police were walking up and down the road. I wanted to get a little better view so I went over to my buddy’s mom’s house and I went to her backyard and thought I saw the body, but it was somebody on the roof so I went and told the police that somebody was hiding in the backyard.”

Police say that a man tried to flee the scene before being taken into custody for an unrelated probation violation. The Austin police are not confirming if that man had any involvement with the case. However, police believe he is not a threat or danger to the public at this time.

Phanchan says that man on the roof was a longtime friend of his. Saying that he hopes his friend does not have any involvement in the case and he is not sure why he would be in the area as he is not one to get himself in trouble. 

Police have yet to release the identity of the woman. 

An email was sent to parents and students at Austin High School last night regarding a student who had passed. That email saying that the district response team is working with the school to provide community support. Counselors were also available for students throughout the day. Police have not said if that email is related to their investigation. 

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(ABC 6 News) – Saturday morning the body of an 18-year-old woman was found on the 800 block of 8th Ave. SW in Austin.

According to the Austin Police Department, the father of the young woman found the body lying on a sidewalk next to the house.

Police said when officers arrived they also saw a man on the roof of the house.  Police said he fled but was later taken into custody and charged on unrelated charges.  At this time the man’s identity and any other information has not been released.

Police also said at this time the cause of death is unknown but they believe there is no danger or threat to the public.

Austin High School released a statement over the weekend stating, "The District Response Team is working with Austin High School staff and district counselors to provide support for the AHS community, as we have learned that an AHS student passed away of the weekend." 

This is a developing story, we’ll bring you the latest information as it becomes available.

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Related story: 

Neighbors: Body found at SW Austin home


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