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Officials identify person found dead at Savannah Estates off U.S. 380

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By Megan Gray and Dawn Cobb / Staff Writers

Denton County sheriff’s deputies continue to investigate a possible homicide that occurred in a community-style development off U.S. Highway 380 during the weekend.

Artegus “Konyale” Madden, 34, was found dead in his home on Hayden Lane in Savannah Estates by friends shortly after 5 p.m. Sunday, Sgt. Larry Kish said.

“Once they saw what they found, they called 911,” Kish said.

Sunday night, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Sandi Brackeen said they were investigating the death of what they initially believed to be a female.

At this time, officials are not commenting further on Madden’s identity for investigative reasons.

Jermone Antonio Jones, a longtime friend of Madden’s, said he first heard about the death around 7 p.m. Sunday when his phone started ringing. He then logged onto Facebook and soon discovered his friend had died.

“As a child, he [Artegus] considered himself as a female and all through school,” Jones said. “He was the life of the party. If you had a party, you would want Artegus there.”

The two grew up together in Longview.

Jones said everyone in Longview loved him. Madden was known for his kind personality and helping others out, he said.

Troy Taylor, chief death investigator for the county, said the body is still awaiting autopsy and a preliminary cause of death should be known soon.

Officials said they believe Madden had been dead since late Friday night or early Saturday morning.

The homicide investigation is still ongoing and no arrests have been made, Kish said.

Those with information on Madden or information leading to the death are asked to contact Sgt. Larry Kish at 940-349-1665.

MEGAN GRAY can be reached at 940-566-6885 and via Twitter at @MGrayNews.

DAWN COBB can be reached at 940-566-6879.