Autopsy Underway

Single gunshot wound to head of body found near missing Texas A&M student's car: No signs of foul play

Single gunshot wound to head of body found near missing Texas A&M student's car: No signs of foul play

Central Texas authorities believe they may have discovered the body of a missing Texas A&M student from Houston in a secluded area an hour northwest of College Station.

Anthony Joseph Carey, 22, was last seen in Houston on Thursday around noon when he left his home in the Royal Oaks subdivision for the university in his tan 2008 Mitsubishi. His family hasn't heard from him since.

On Monday, Carey's car was located in the heavily wooded terrain outside Marlin, a small town 30 miles south of Waco. According to KTRK Ch. 13, area police contacted the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to conduct a canine search of the area.

The body was discovered around 50 yards from Carey's car, which was found locked with the A&M student's cellphone inside.

Detective Rob Douglas with the City of Marlin Police Department tells CultureMap that the body was discovered around 50 yards from the vehicle, which was found locked with Carey's cellphone inside.

The investigator reported a single gunshot wound to the head and noted that, at the moment, there was no evidence of foul play. The Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences Medical Examiners Office in Dallas is conducting an autopsy.

According to the Bryan/College Station Eagle, Carey was a senior majoring in agricultural systems management. The Battalion, a Texas A&M student newspaper, reported him as a member of the Phantom 18 squadron with A&M's Corps of Cadets, a student military organization affiliated with the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC).

The media relations department for the Corps tells CultureMap it was unable to give any further details on Carey while the investigation is under way.

Texas A&M student, Anthony Joseph Carey, body found
A&M student Anthony Carey was last seen Thursday at noon. Authorities are currently investigating a body found near Carey's car, which was discovered Monday. Courtesy of KHOU Houston/Channel 11