Body found in Anna field appears to be Anthony Gurley

Posted on 04 Oct 2016 at 11:20am

Anthony Gurley disappeared Sunday, Sept. 18, after telling coworkers he wasn’t feeling well and leaving work early. Police in Anna today discovered a body they believe to be Gurley in a field near the restaurant where he worked.

Anna police believe that a body found early Tuesday morning, Oct, 4, is that of an Anna man last seen Sunday, Sept, 18, leaving his job at the Kentucky Fried Chicken on White Street.

Anna PD Lt. Jeff Caponera said that investigators found ID for Anthony Gurley, 43, on the body. The body has been sent to the Collin County Medical Examiner’s office for positive identification, “but as a precaution, officers and a chaplain have gone to notify Anthony’s next of kin,” Caponera said.

Gurley, who previously lived in Dallas and was well-known in the LGBT community here, left the home he shared with his mother and sister on foot Sunday morning to walk to the KFC where he worked. The KFC is located in the same building with a Taco Bell restaurant at 2605 W. White St.

Gurley’s coworkers told his mother that he left work early that day, about 1 p.m., saying he wasn’t feeling well. They said he walked to the Carl’s Jr. restaurant located just down the street in the Love’s truck stop, at White Street and US-75 then returned to the KFC to check his work schedule. He left shortly after and was not seen again.

Some reports indicated Gurley may have been headed to Dallas that day to attend the gay Pride parade, and some friends said they thought they had seen him in Oak Lawn that day. But his mother said that was unlikely because he did not have a car and had not, as far as she knew, arranged for someone to give him a ride to Dallas.

An APD officer “was patrolling along West White Street (FM 455) and noticed what he believed to be the very strong smell consistent with decomposing flesh,” according to a statement released by Caponera. “In a field east of the Taco Bell located at 2605 West White Street he found what he believed to be human remains and notified our CID.”

Police have not given any information on a possible cause of death.

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