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Sheriff's office renewing push for public's help in investigation of Rivercrest man's death

Franklin Cox (Source: Angelina County Sheriff's Office) Franklin Cox (Source: Angelina County Sheriff's Office)

The Angelina County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in finding new information about the death of Franklin Donald Cox, 73.

Cox’s body was found outside his home in the Rivercrest community on March 24. The investigation into his death has been ongoing since then, according to a press release.

According to a press release, ACSO deputies and detectives responded to the 500 block of Joe Bynum Road in Rivercrest Friday morning in connection to a body that had been found. The press release stated that the body of Franklin Donald Cox was found outside his home.

"Foul play is strongly suspected," a previous press release stated. "In order to preserve the integrity of the evidence and the investigation, no further information will be released at this time. An autopsy has been ordered, and the investigation is continuing."

Lt. Brett Maisel with the Angelina County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division said that there has been investigative activity on the case every week since the sheriff’s office first responded to the scene.  He said the evidence has been submitted to the lab, and those results are pending.

“Rivercrest is a tight-knit community, and we know that that someone can assist us with additional facts about this case,” Maisel said. “The ACSO is renewing their request for anyone with information to contact the Angelina County Sheriff’s Department or Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers.

Anyone with any information about Cox’s death is urged to call the Angelina County Sheriff’s Office at (936) 639-3331. To make an anonymous tip and be eligible for a cash reward, call Crime stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip online at

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