Polk Co. JP releases ID of man found dead at Alabama-Coushatta reservation

Polk Co. JP releases ID of man found dead at Alabama-Coushatta reservation
Source: Sadler family
Source: Sadler family

POLK COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A Polk County Justice of the Peace has released the identity of a man pronounced dead at the Alabama-Coushatta reservation.

Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace, Judge Larry Whitworth pronounced Spencer James Sadler dead on Sunday, April 17th at 9:20 a.m., according to the release.

"We don't know why. There's no reasoning,"  said Debra Sadler, Spencer's mother.  She said the mother of one of Spencer's friends knocked on her door and said, "Something has happened to your son. Something terrible has happened to Spencer. We can't revive him."

The FBI is assisting in the investigation of a homicide at the reservation in Polk County.

"He was a great kid, a great Daddy to his daughter, smart, and intelligent," his father, William Sadler, described him.

According to tribe spokesman Carlos Bullock, the crime happened over the weekend, and a suspect is in custody.

KTRE spent the day sending open records requests to multiple agencies to no avail except for finding Spencer's identity. The thought of identifying his body brought tears to the Sadler's eyes. They're planning a closed casket funeral.

"They had it all taped off, and it was 11:30 before we got to identify our baby. He was almost unrecognizable," Debra said.

"At this time, we do not have a cause of death," the release stated.

William said he had to look for a tattoo on Spencer's chest to be sure that it was him due to injuries to his face.  Spencer's parents said they are patiently waiting for the FBI and other agencies to complete their investigations, but closure would help them to heal.

"Due to the sensitive and complex nature of the ongoing criminal investigation by the FBI and ACPD, the Tribe is unable to make any further comment at this time," Bullock said in a statement Monday.

Spencer loved bull-riding, came from a big family, but his life was his six-year-old daughter . She is now left without a father for reasons no one can tell her at this time.

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