Man found dead in parking lot on Kurth Drive identified

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Authorities have identified the body of a man who was found dead near a pickup in a parking long on Kurth Drive Wednesday night.

Lufkin Police say the man is Jerry Franklin, 49, of Beaumont.

Franklin's body was sent to Jefferson county for an autopsy and the results of the autopsy confirm the cause of death was natural causes, according to police.

According to police spokesman JB Smith, officers responded to a call at 11:57 p.m. on Kurth Drive, Wednesday. The officers found a man next to a GMC pickup. The officers also saw a vehicle jack, in its extended position, next to the pickup.

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