Man's body found in drainage culvert

UPDATE: APD has released the preliminary autopsy results. According to APD the death of Mr. Pletcher has been ruled a homicide, his body suffered other lethal injuries that were not evident until the autopsy. Special Crime is continuing the investigation and is asking for information. If you have have information contact 378-9468.


marillo Police Department officers responded to a report of a man lying in a drainage culvert in the 2100 block of Interstate 40 east.

According to APD, the man was deceased and Special Crimes Investigators assisted in the investigation and found that there was no indication that the man's death was the result of a homicide. APD said the man's death appeared to be accidental.

The man was identified as 68-year-old William Pletcher. An autopsy has been scheduled in Lubbock.