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Blotter: Report: Man found dead in tree at state park

A two-month search for a missing Dallas man ended Saturday after his body was found hanging in a tree at Ray Roberts Lake State Park.

Tom Reedy, Denton County sheriff’s spokesman, said dispatchers received a 911 call at 4:30 p.m. Saturday from a person canoeing at the lake.

“The caller described a partially decomposed body was hanging from a tree near the shore of Isle du Bois State Park, east of Quail Run Circle,” Reedy said.

On Monday the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the man as missing University of Texas Arlington assistant psychology professor Pablo Mora.

His death has been ruled a suicide by hanging, said Troy Taylor, chief death investigator for Denton County.

Dallas police report Mora, 41, hadn’t been seen or heard from since he left his Dallas home Sept. 30. His car, a 2008 gray Honda Civic, was discovered near Ray Roberts Lake a few weeks ago, investigators said.

Mora had been working as a professor with the University Texas Arlington since 2009.

According to Inquiry, a University Texas Arlington publication, Mora had been researching the way older Latino minds work and how they might be triggered by depression.

Authorities have not determined how long the body had been hanging.

Texas Parks and Wildlife spokesman Mike Cox said Mora had been found in a dense area about 150 feet from the shoreline.

The Denton County Sheriff’s Office is the lead investigation unit, Cox said.


Other reports

10000 block of Waterbury Drive, Providence Village — Authorities are searching for a 2004 White Chevy Tahoe after a woman said her boyfriend stole the vehicle overnight.

The 24-year-old woman was asleep at her home in the 10000 block of Waterbury, Providence Village, when she heard the garage door open at about midnight Monday, according to a Denton County sheriff’s report.

She told authorities her 29-year-old boyfriend lives in Gainesville with his parents but stayed with her over the weekend.

According to the report, the boyfriend woke her up and started an argument about a number he found in her cellphone.

The boyfriend mentioned he had a ride coming, so the woman went back to her bedroom to get away, according to the report.

She said she was communicating by text message with the boyfriend after she woke up and discovered the car gone, telling him to bring the car back or she would call police.

The boyfriend responded he had “nothing to lose,” according to the report.

Deputies said Gainesville police went to the man’s known address but were unable to locate the vehicle or the suspect.

The investigation is continuing.

800 block of Seaborn Road — A Ponder man was arrested after allegedly abusing his girlfriend, according to a Denton County sheriff’s report.

The woman told responding deputies she was assaulted by her live-in boyfriend after 8 p.m. Monday.

When the woman tried calling 911, the boyfriend took her phone and threw it against a wall, interfering with an emergency call, according to the report.

Deputies said the woman was taken to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton.

The man was taken to the Denton County jail.



From 7 a.m. Monday to 7 a.m. Tuesday:

•  Denton police responded to 223 service and officer-initiated calls including posting 20 reports online.

•  Denton County sheriff’s dispatchers handled 693 officer and service initiated calls for the agencies they serve. Thirty-one people were booked into the county jail.

•  Denton firefighters responded to 11 medical calls.

Argyle firefighters responded to one call regarding chest pain.

Aubrey firefighters responded to one assault/sexual assault, one traffic accident, one childbirth, one grass fire and four medical calls.

Justin firefighters responded to four medical calls and one vehicle unlock.

Krum firefighters responded to one animal bite and five medical calls.

Lake Cites firefighters responded to one medical alarm call and seven additional EMS calls.

Oak Point firefighters responded to one medical call, one grass fire and one traffic transport.

Ponder firefighters responded to one sexual assault/assault.

Pilot Point firefighters responded to one fall.

Sanger firefighters responded to three medical, one illegal burn and one carbon monoxide or hazmat alarm.

— Megan Gray


Denton County Crime Stoppers will pay a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest in these or other crimes. Callers will remain anonymous. Call 1-800-388-TIPS (8477). Reach the Denton police narcotics tip line at 940-565-5801.