Editor's note: This article has been updated throughout.
The Sherman and Denison police departments have identified the deceased person found inside a Denison home on Sunday as a Sherman man who went missing last week.
In a statement released Monday afternoon, the Sherman Police Department identified Michael Lindsey, 54, as the victim. Lindsey was reported missing by his daughter on Friday after he failed to show up at work for several days and could not be contacted. Denison Police Department Lt. Mike Eppler said Lindsey’s body was discovered inside a home in the 1500 block of West Gandy Street in Denison late Sunday night and that he had been shot twice in the chest.
Sherman Police Sgt. D.M. Hampton said Lindsey’s former roommate, Christopher Harrell, 55, was arrested in connection with Lindsey’s death. Harrell was stopped by a Sherman Police patrol officer on Friday as he drove Lindsay’s pickup through town. According to the Sherman Police statement, when asked for identification, Harrell identified himself as Lindsey and produced Lindsey’s driver’s license. Hampton said the officer initially believed Harrell’s story and let him go.
“After they broke contact, the officer did a little bit more digging and then was able to get ahold of a family member to see if that was indeed the father and she said it was not,” Hampton said.
Hampton said Lindsey’s family identified Harrell as someone with possible knowledge of Lindsey’s whereabouts. Harrell was subsequently located and arrested Monday at a hotel in Mount Pleasant on a charge of fraudulent use or possession of identifying information. A search of the Titus County Jail’s records indicated that Harrell remained in custody as of Monday afternoon and had been served an additional warrant on a charge of murder. It was unclear whether Harrell has an attorney.
The Sherman Police statement went on to say that “information was obtained that Michael (Lindsey) could be found at a house in Denison.” Both Sherman and Denison investigators responded to the home on West Gandy Street on Sunday and found Lindsey’s body at approximately 10:45 p.m. Eppler said Lindsey’s body was found in a state of considerable decomposition, leading investigators to believe that he was killed several days earlier.
“We’re continuing our investigation,” Eppler said. “We’re still talking to people, and it’s still early on.”