Preliminary Report says Death an Accident

Roy Albert Edwards, 49 of Lufkin was found lying on his side in a muddy ditch alongside Highway 59 north of Lufkin.

Investigators believe he slipped and fell when he got out to put his truck into four-wheel drive.

"Right now, at this time, there's no foul play. The pathologist called this morning from Beaumont and said the best he could tell, everything looks to be due to affixation," said Angelina County Sheriff Kent Henson.

Edwards was not found until 13 hours after his death. Sheriff Henson says heavy rains caused brush to partially cover Edwards' body, making him very difficult to see from the road.