AUSTIN (KXAN) — A suspicious death investigation on Halloween in the St. Johns area is now a homicide case, according to an update from the Austin Police Department. Detectives are still searching for a suspect, but identified the victim on Nov. 15.
APD said the scene was in the 1300 block of McKie Dr. at the Flats at Cameron Apartment Complex. That’s near Cameron Road and U.S. Highway 183.
APD said a call came in around 10:25 a.m. from someone who found a person lying in the bathroom of what was supposed to be a vacant apartment at the apartment complex.
Police originally said they found a deceased Black man, approximately in his 30s, when they arrived on the scene, but in an update on Nov. 4, police said the victim was Hispanic.
He was identified as Manuel De Jesus Castro-Rosales, 50.
APD also said on Nov. 4 the investigation found Castro-Rosales was shot by someone inside the apartment.
This is Austin’s 60th homicide of the year. Anyone with details or video of the shooting should call APD Homicide at (512) 974-TIPS.