A body found in the desert of California last week is being investigated as a possible murder-suicide, the sheriff’s department said Wednesday.
The body of 42-year-old Brian Cavanaugh was found near the intersection of Route 60 and Highway 30, according to a sheriff’s statement.
The cause of death has not been determined.
Authorities said Cavanaugh had been reported missing on Monday, and his car was found abandoned at the end of a road about 2 miles (3.5 kilometers) east of San Antonio, Texas, on Wednesday morning.
He was wearing a dark shirt, blue jeans, and white sneakers, according a police statement.
Cavanaugh is described as 5-foot-8, 170 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.
He has been identified by authorities as a transient with a history of violence, and the FBI has also taken a lead in the investigation.
He had a history with mental illness, the statement said.
Collymans family told local news station KVUE-TV that they had not heard from him since he was reported missing.
His mother, Sherri Collyman, told the station that she has not spoken to him since his disappearance.
“I have never had an answer,” she said.
“He’s never called or texted me since his last contact.
I just don’t understand what happened to him.”
He is the fifth person in the US to be found dead in the past year, and a third body has been found.
In April, two bodies were found at a funeral home in Oklahoma after a man went missing in March, and in June, two people were found dead at a home in Florida after a funeral director went missing.
Authorities have not identified the victims or said they are linked to any known crime.