Seguin police officers discovered two decomposing bodies inside a home following a tip from a neighbor on Monday afternoon, police said.
Authorities released few details, including the identities of the deceased, citing the ongoing investigation. Part of that investigation is determining how long the pair had been dead inside the home in the 2000 block of Friesenhahn, Seguin Police Department Investigator Lt. Lance Wright said.
“They were decomposed pretty badly,” he said.
A man and a woman live in the house where the bodies were found but investigators were unable to say whether the bodies were those of the residents, Wright said. They do not believe a killer is on the loose, he said.
“There’s not any kind of threat to the community,” Wright said.
The neighbor called police to ask for a welfare check after not having seen the residents for some time, he said. About 4:20 p.m. Monday, officers went to the home to check on the residents, Wright said.
“It was just a welfare concern, hadn’t seen them and was wondering about them,” he said.
Police walked around the home, looked inside a window and saw what they believed to be a dead body, the lieutenant said. He said the officers entered the house and found a second person dead inside.
“According to witnesses, two people were living at the residence, a man and woman,” Wright said.
He stopped short of saying the people found inside the home were the residents neighbors said live there.
Seguin Police Department officers have responded to the home before.
Chief Terry Nichols said his officers received a call for a welfare check Dec. 17 at the same address. Police responded to the scene, found that things were fine and left the area, Nichols said.
“It wasn’t a disturbance,” he said. “It was a check.”
According to documentation the responding officer filed, a woman at the home called police to check on her son who had been "acting strange and had not taken his medicine and was not talking." The officer spoke with the adult son, who said he "did not want to hurt himself or anyone else and that he had already taken his medicine for the day," the document read.
The man appeared to be "in control of his mental (faculties)," the officer wrote after the Dec. 17, 2019, exchange.
In a report of the 911 operator's notes for the call in December, a dispatcher advised the responding officer that the man at the home in the past had "tried to take a gun from an officer and has a history of violence towards officers."
The gruesome discovery Monday is at least the second such occurrence within the past eight months in Seguin.
In July, a separate investigation led Seguin Police Department officers to find a woman’s skeletal remains inside a room in the house she shared with her daughter and granddaughter. Authorities later identified the remains as belonging to Jacqueline Louise Crayton of Seguin and charged her daughter Delissa Crayton with two counts of injury to an elderly individual with intent to do serious bodily or mental injury and injury to a child with intent to do serious bodily or mental injury.
The child was Delissa Crayton’s teen-aged daughter who lived in the home where authorities said Delissa Crayton let Jacqueline Crayton waste away, likely after the elderly woman fell to her bedroom floor.
Delissa Crayton remains held at the Guadalupe County Jail awaiting trial.