SABINE COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A man who authorities have been searching for 18 days was found dead Monday afternoon, according to the private investigator hired by the family.
Investigator Chuck Foreman said the body of Alfred Wright, 28, was found during a ground search conducted by the family, around 4 p.m. He was found with no clothes on, near the same location he went missing, near Coussons Road.
"The actual last known was right here at this private property where they had hollered at him. So this was the last known. This is where the grid search procedures need to be 100 percent and that's what we were doing--completing the 100 percent grid search," Foreman said.
Foreman said the investigation is now being conducted by the Texas Rangers.
Sheriff Tom Maddox said he could not confirm if the body was that of Wright's.
"There's a sadness there that has been brought in by the conclusion of this, but we still have not figured out the identity of who it is and so until we do, our investigation still continues," Maddox said.
Earlier Monday, Foreman said an investigation showed Wright may have been using a substance known as bath salts for an energy boost.
Federal court documents discovered Monday night confirmed Foreman's suspicion, as a report filed with the Sabine County Sheriff's Office indicates Wright's wife told deputies Wright may have been using an unknown substance causing him to be paranoid.
The document was a petition for a warrant for Wright's arrest, as he had violated his bond conditions.
Wright was scheduled for a federal trial in Tennessee, on a bank embezzlement charge.
The federal document contained a restricted narrative submitted by the sheriff's office. It stated Wright called his wife on Nov. 7 and said he was having car problems and asked that she contact his parents to help him. She then called his parents and asked if they could pick him up from the CL&M Grocery. The narrative states his wife called Wright to confirm his parents were on the way. She said Wright was breathing heavily as if he was running.
The narrative states Wright's father arrived at the store and could not find Wright. He then called the sheriff's office to report Wright as missing.
The narrative states a clerk fro the store said he saw a man pull into the parking lot at 6 p.m. and walked around the parking lot and talking on his cell phone. He then put the phone in his sock and started down US 87 North.
On Nov. 8, a K-9 tracking unit located a blue scrub shirt, undershirt tangled up in a barbed-wire fence, a card holder with Wright's bank and credit cards, one black sock and a pair of blue scrub pants, according to the narrative.
On Nov. 9, the search resumed with help from the local fire department and volunteers and the search yielded a belt and a piece of Wright's undershirt near a barbed-wire fence. Wright's wife confirmed the belt as Wright's, which he used for his job as a physical therapist, Wright said.