Questions remain in man’s death


The family of Brian Nesbit still has a lot of unanswered questions after he disappeared in September.

His remains were found in Coryell County two months later.

Brian’s mother says a Texas Ranger told her he comitted suicide. She says she doesn’t believe her son would ever do that.

Coryell County Chief Deputy Mark Wilcox says the official cause of death is undetermined. They are also not sure when Nesbit died.

He disappeared on September 7, 2018, and his body was found in a wooded area off of County Road 342 on November 27.

Wilcox says they used every resource to find Nesbit in the first days he was missing, but Jo-an Dean, Nesbit’s mother, thinks more should have been done. She thinks the police were not concerned about her son’s disappearance because he had a previous arrest record.

“We’re still fighting trying to get his property back. Of course we’re devastated. I have so many questions that I know I’ll never have the answers to. I want to know why it happened, of course. Why would any one do something like that? They tried to tell me he comitted suicide and I said, ‘Absolutely not. My son was a Christian,'” Dean says. 

This story is part of the Catalyst project “Mayberry Texas,” (link to a statewide investigation into the 5,628 active missing persons cases in the state since 1998. Explore an interactive map of some of the cases and learn about a solution that could help families find closure. 

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