Cause of death determined for body found in drainage ditch

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A Dallas County medical examiner’s report lists methamphetamine poisoning as the cause of death of Bowie man whose body was found in a drainage ditch

last July.

Officials found the body of Zach Anderson, 38, in a wooded area near the 400 block of East Pecan Street. 

Assistant Bowie Police Chief Kent Stagg said at the time investigators believe his body had been there for several days, and it was hard to find any obvious indications of the cause of death because of the condition of the body.  

Stagg said the report lists Anderson’s death as accidental due to toxic effects of meth.

While it was very hot that day, and there were reports Anderson had been walking a long distance shortly before he died, Stagg said the medical examiner could not determine if the heat was a contributing factor in his death.

Investigators said Anderson did not have any immediate family in the Bowie area but that he had been living in or around Bowie for many years.

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