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Patrick Dennehy's body found in tall grass near Waco


Medical examiners on Sunday identified a body found in chest-high weeds near Waco, Texas as that of Baylor University basketball player Patrick Dennehy, who had been missing since June 19.

McLennan County Sheriff Larry Lynch provided no other details on the condition of the body or the possible cause of death, but said Dennehy's family had been notified.

The site where the body was found is north of gravel pits where authorities searched after Carlton Dotson, who played basketball at Baylor last season and had been living with Dennehy since spring, was arrested last week and charged with his murder.

Investigators had continued to comb through the high weeds Sunday, collecting evidence in a field where they found Dennehy's decomposed body Friday night. It was taken to the Dallas County Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy.

"With that evidence collected today, they were able to make a positive identification," Lynch said, refusing to specify what evidence was found.

McLennan County Justice of the Peace Belinda Summers told AP that searchers found a head Sunday morning in the same field where the body was discovered. On Sunday, authorities used farm equipment to cut down tall weeds and grass, some as high as 2.1m tall, in a rural area about five miles south of Waco.

The body found Friday was taken to the Dallas County Medical Examiner's Office for autopsy.

Dotson, 21, was arrested last week in his home state of Maryland on a murder charge from Texas. He remained jailed without bond awaiting extradition to Texas.

Dotson was arrested July 21 after calling 911, saying he needed help because he was hearing voices, authorities said. Dotson told FBI agents in Maryland that he shot Dennehy after the player tried to shoot him, according to the arrest warrant affidavit. But after his arrest, Dotson told AP that he "didn't confess to anything."

An investigator was placing small yellow flags around the site indicating pieces of evidence on Sunday.

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