WFPD release name of victim found in Maplewood Pond

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UPDATE: January 9, 2020, 10:51 a.m.

Authorities with the Wichita Falls Police Department have identified the man found in the Maplewood Pond on Sunday as Jose Hernandez Lopez, 26.

Lopez is not believed to be from the Wichita Falls area.

The death is not being investigated as a homicide and no foul play is suspected.

WFPD said that the autopsy is not complete.

UPDATE: Jan. 8, 2020, 11:04 a.m. — The body that was found at the Maplewood Pond has been sent off for autopsy according to officials with the Wichita Falls Police Department.

The body as been identified as male but no further details, including race and age, will be released until the autopsy is complete and the report is presented.

WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — Wichita Falls officials are working to identify a body found Sunday morning while Wichita Falls Fire Department firefighters responded to a small grass fire at the Maplewood Pond.

Fire Investigator Jared Burchett said fire fighters responded to a call about a grass fire about 11:30 a.m. Sunday in the 3200 block of Lawrence Road behind Academy.

Assistant Fire chief Donald Hughes said once the fire investigator arrived on scene, the incident was turned over to the Wichita Falls Police Department

Burchett said firefighters found remains around the cattails in the pond while they put out the fire.

Burchett said the fire and the body are unrelated.

The fire began when a child was playing with a lighter that caught grass on fire, and Burchett said a citation was given.

Stay with Texoma’s Homepage as we work to gather more information.

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