The man found dead along Nolan Creek in Killeen on Monday evening was identified as Anthony Ray Lovell, a 40-year-old staff sergeant at Fort Hood, officials and family members confirmed.
His death was ruled an accident by the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences at Dallas. Cause of death is multiple blunt force injuries.
Killeen police were called just after 8 p.m. after the body was reportedly found behind the Brookfield Mobile Home Park near Bishop Street, police spokeswoman Ofelia Miramontez said.
Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke pronounced the man dead at 8:36 p.m. and ordered an autopsy.
Lovell was a Killeen resident stationed at Fort Hood who enjoyed riding his motorcycle and enjoyed helping others, said his sister Jennifer Crosby, who also lives in Killeen.
He “loved life, loved family,” said Crosby, adding friends and family grew concerned when Lovell went missing following a Friday motorcycle event. Lovell was a member of the Corrupt Motorcycle Club in Killeen.
Crosby said family and friends, with the help of motorcycle club members, started searching for her bother Saturday, eventually finding his body on Monday.
Crosby said she tried Saturday to file a missing person report with the Killeen Police Department, however, police told her not enough time had passed for police to join the search.
Lovell was born in Denver and grew up in Phoenix. Crosby said the family was devastated by the news of his death.
“My brother was a great person,” she said.