The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed the death of an Austin man who went missing in Granger.
On Monday, Aug. 3, around 10:30 a.m., deputies found a body near CR 328 in Granger that matches the description of Mark Yarbrough, 63, of Austin. On Thursday, Aug. 6, the identity of the victim was confirmed to be Yarbrough.
"At this time, the events surrounding the death of potentially Mr. Yarbrough are being considered suspicious," Criminal Investigations Commander Gary Haston said in a press conference Monday. "There are a lot of unanswered questions at this time, particularly with the events surrounding the last time anyone saw him."
Yarbrough was last seen Monday, July 27, around 5 a.m. near CR 327 in Granger. He was expected to show up at a friend’s house Monday night, but never arrived. Yarbrough's car was found on his friend's property with his car keys and his wallet. The car was also found crashed.
Haston said deputies have interviewed several people who had spoken with Yarbrough and are looking for anyone who may have spoken with him last weekend to find out his location leading up to the last time he was seen.
Haston said the area where the body was found is "very heavily wooded. It's a pretty bad terrain."
"We decided to do a more thorough search of some areas where we had two tips from people who may have seen him," Haston said. "We decided to reconvene . . . and thoroughly cover one particular area where we did indeed find the body."
He said the body was found about 430 yards away from the road. The area was not part of the property where Yarbrough's car and wallet were found.
No information was released about the cause of death or if there were any signs of trauma. Haston said deputies will continue the investigation.
"We're sorry that we were unable to find Mark alive, but again, we thank the volunteers that helped in the relentless search that has been going on for six days," Haston said. "It's not the resolution that we wanted, but the investigation is just beginning."
Sheriff's deputies received assistance from volunteer organizations Texas Search and Rescue and EquuSearch, the Team Texas K-9s, as well as the DPS and APD aviation units during the search for Yarbrough.
Anyone with information related to the investigation is encouraged to contact Pete Parks or Rudy Pena with the Williamson County Sheriff's Office at 512-943-1313.