Body Found in Lufkin

News Release:

Lufkin Police officers found the body of an adult male in a wooded area off Henderson Street Monday afternoon.  The body is believed to be that of Samuel Pirtle, who had been missing for more than a week.

Officers were searching the wooded area for Pirtle when the body was found.  Those woods are near Pirtle's home.  A gun was found near the body and an autopsy has been ordered to confirm the man's identity and to determine the cause of death.

There is no ruling on the cause or manner of death at this time and the case is still under investigation.