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Death of 14-year-old investigated in Shepherd
SHEPHERD – Authorities believe a ruptured appendix could be the cause of the death of a 14-year-old Shepherd boy early Friday morning at his home on Beeson Avenue, according to Detective Keith Warren, San Jacinto County Sheriff's Department. Warren said the boy was last seen alive around midnight when his mother checked on him. Checking him again around 4:50 a.m. she discovered his body. Warren said the boy had been sick for about three days and was seen by local doctors with abdominal issues. He was later taken to Kingwood Hospital Thursday and released. An autopsy was ordered by Pct. 3 Justice of the Peace Harris "Red" Blanchette and his body taken to the Jefferson County Medical Examiner's Office in Beaumont. "Preliminary autopsy results are expected later this week. At this time it appears to be a ruptured appendix," Warren said. "It will be several weeks before toxicology results are available."