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Missing Texas Man Found Dead In Ditch After Police Caught Suspected Killer Driving His Truck, Sheriff Says

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Source: Hardin County Sheriff’s Office; MEGA

Sep. 30 2022, Published 3:17 p.m. ET

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A man in Texas allegedly murdered a retired maintenance worker and then dumped his body in the woods, authorities said.

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Family reported Roy Dean Willman, 64, missing on Sept. 21 after noticing his truck and camper trailer were no longer at an RV park where he was living, The Examiner reported.

Later the same day, the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office and police in Silsbee located the truck and camper and arrested 36-year-old Clayton Lewis Carter, who was driving the vehicle at the time, Hardin County Sheriff Mark Davis said.

According to Davis, the suspect was taken into custody on the unrelated charges of possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance, and tampering with evidence.

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During question, the sheriff said Carter allegedly admitted to murdering Willman and dumping his body in a ditch. Investigators recovered the victim’s body on Sept. 22 and an autopsy was pending.

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Willman’s trailer was reportedly covered in blood and his clothing was later found in a dumpster.

“He would give you his last dollar and probably his shoes if you needed them,” David Knight told The Examiner of Willman, a county employee who he supervised for several years. “He would break his neck for anybody.”

Carter was being held in the Hardin County jail on a $2.565 million bond. In addition to the tampering and two drug counts, he also faces charges that include murder, theft of property, and fraudulent use of identifying information or the elderly.

Police have not released a possible motive in the murder case.


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