Houston Police Department
Investigation into Man Found Deceased at 8700 Gulf Freeway

August 14, 2014 - Houston police are awaiting autopsy results in the death of a man found at 8700 Gulf Freeway about 8:45 a.m. on Wednesday (August 13).

The male, Emmitt Bennett Howell, 52, suffered no apparent trauma.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant W. Meeler and Officer L. Bailey reported:

Employees of the Smile Inn at the above address called police regarding a person down on the opposite side of a creek behind the motel. HPD patrol officers and HFD paramedics responded to the scene and found Mr. Howell deceased.

There were no visible signs of foul play.

The investigation is pending Howell's cause of death, to be determined by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.

Anyone with information in this case is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600.

VHS/KJS 8-14-14
Inc. #101920414

For additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.