Authorities are bewildered over the Monday night killing of an unidentified young man who apparently was being a Good Samaritan for motorists having car trouble on Sandy point Road, one-fourth of a mile east of FM 50 in Brazos County.
The man, described as a white male, 20 to 30 years old, was found lying in a ditch with massive head injuries in front of a home on Sandy Point Road early this morning.
The man had been dead for about seven hours, authorities said.
Witnesses said they saw the man at about 10:30 .m. Monday when he was waved off Sandy Point Road to help jump start a vehicle with four passengers.
The body was found next to a car identified as the vehicle being used to by the attackers, authorities said. The dead man's pickup truck was later found on Mumford Road in the county.
The only motive authorities have for the killing is the attackers wanted the dead man's vehicle because theirs was not working, officers said this morning.
"I saw him [the dead man] helping someone get a boost off his pickup," Elmore Green, resident of the home near where teh body was found, said. "It was about 10:30 p.m. and I saw them [four passengers] wave him down on the road," he added.
Green said he went to sleep shortly after 10:30 p.m. amd awoke at about 6:30 a.m. Tuesday. He went out of his home to go to work and found the man. "I figured he was dead and wasn't going to go near him," Green said. "I called offiers [from the Department of Public Safety] right away," he said.
DPS troopers and sheriff's deputies found the unidentified body in the ditch in a pool of blood next to the vehicle.
The man was beaten so badly that internal organs were found in the grass, authorities said.
We're not sure on his identification, but i was white male, 20 to 30 years old," Sheriff Bobby Yeager said.
The body was taken to a Bryan funeral home where Dr. J. C. Lee was to conduct an autopsy late this morning.
The car was taken to DPS laboratories in Austin for finger prints.
"The hood of the car was found up and the door open," Yeager said. "It was pulled off the road going east," he added.
Yeager said the man had been dead before midnight and frost had covered the body.
Green and other nearby residents were frightened by the bloody scene.
"We didn't know what happened and couldn't describe him even if I knew him," Green said. "He was beat up so bad."