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Blotter: Corinth police find body believed to be missing resident

Corinth police found the body of a man they believe is Kenneth Draper, a missing resident who was last seen at about 11:30 p.m. Aug. 10 at his home in the Fairview West neighborhood.

Kenneth Draper
Kenneth Draper

At 11:55 a.m. Thursday, a Fairview West resident told police they found a body under a low-hanging bush near their house in the 2600 block of Bowie Lane, according to Corinth police Lt. Jimmie Gregg.

Authorities believe it is Draper's body, but the medical examiner has not officially confirmed his identity. Gregg said police don't suspect foul play. He would not elaborate on any potential injuries or wounds found on the body.

"We ask that you keep the Draper family in your thoughts and prayers and please respect their privacy during this difficult time," he said in a news release.

Other reports

100 block of North Woodrow Lane — Officials are not releasing any more details about the death of Stormye Murphey, an inmate at the Denton County Jail who was found dead in her cell Tuesday morning.

Denton County Sheriff Tracy Murphree said Wednesday that preliminary evidence shows the 30-year-old woman may have died from suicide, but the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office has not released her official cause of death.

She was initially booked on a Denton police charge of assault causing bodily injury. The sheriff said Murphey was found "unresponsive" but would not elaborate on the circumstances surrounding her death, citing the active Texas Ranger investigation.

Barry Caver, the assistant chief deputy in charge of jail operations, did not respond to a request for comment Friday. Lonny Haschel, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety, released a short statement from the Texas Rangers earlier this week.

"At the request of the Denton County Sheriff's Office, the Texas Rangers are investigating an in-custody death," the statement reads. "The incident is under investigation and no additional information is currently available."

Murphey was booked inside a cell in a jail medical unit following a "medical episode" on Monday, according to Sheriff Murphree. The Denton County Public Health Department operates the medical units inside the jail. Department director Matt Richardson would not release additional information about her death because of the ongoing investigation.

1400 block of Teasley Lane — Two men were arrested Thursday after they were accused of breaking into multiple vehicles near a south Denton apartment complex.

Antonio Mitchell, 19, and Howard Doyce, 20, were taken to Denton City Jail on charges of criminal trespassing of a motor vehicle and two counts of burglary of a motor vehicle. Doyce had two outstanding warrants for theft of a firearm and speeding charges, while Mitchell had an active warrant for a theft of a firearm charge, jail records show. 

Witnesses reported seeing the men break into several vehicles in the area, according to a police report. The report did not specify whether anything was taken.

Responding officers later found the two suspects, with one of them matching witness descriptions, in the area.

700 block of Fort Worth Drive — A 42-year-old woman was arrested Thursday on an active jaywalking warrant after police found her shouting abusive statements at passing cars near a Valero convenience store.

Police said in their report that she was drawing attention to herself, and officers responded to the scene at about 1:50 a.m. She was also cited for possession of drug paraphernalia for "the contents discovered inside her purse," according to a police report.

She was taken to Denton City Jail on the warrant. 

Roundup

From 7 a.m. Thursday to 7 a.m. Friday:

The Denton County Sheriff's Office handled service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies it serves, and 38 people were booked into Denton County Jail. 

Denton police handled 156 calls for service and made 15 arrests. 

Denton firefighters responded to 19 medical calls, six vehicle accidents and one building fire.