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AUSTIN, Texas — A 911 call received by the Austin Police Department led police officers to the discovery of a body buried in a residential backyard.

At approximately 8:42 p.m., on August 18, 2020, Austin 911 received a call in reference to a body that was buried in the backyard of a residence in the 5800 block of Mojave Drive in Austin, Texas.

Austin police officers and homicide detectives responded to the location. Upon arrival, police officers made contact with the residents and talked to them about the information received during the 911 call.

"Officers received consent to look through the house," stated the department. "In the backyard, there appeared to be an area where a body could have been buried. The officers then secured the location and a search warrant was obtained."

On August 19, 2020, Austin homicide detectives, crime scene specialist, bomb squad, and the Austin Fire Department assisted in the excavation.

By the afternoon police say a deceased person was recovered from the backyard and transported to the Travis County Medical Examiner's Office for examination.

"The death is being treated as suspicious," stated the department. "Detectives have identified persons of interest in this case. This incident appears to be isolated to those involved with no threat to the public."

The official cause and manner of death is pending the results from the medical examiner's office. Additionally, the release of the deceased identity is pending notification of next of kin.

Anyone with information including video or photos of the incident is asked to contact the Austin Police Department's Homicide Detectives at (512) 974-8477, homicide.apd@austintexas.gov, or contact Crime Stoppers anonymously at (512) 472-8477.

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