Police need information on California man found dead in Shoal Creek

Austin

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Police are asking for your help re-tracing a father’s last few hours before he was found dead Friday.

48-year-old Randy Lexvold is the second person to be pulled from a body of water downtown in the last two weeks.

The other – a 25-year-old man who went missing after a night out on Rainey street.

The Rooftop on Sixth Street is the last place police know Randy Lexvold visited on Thursday night. His body was found 10 hours later about a mile away.

Police are trying to piece together a timeline to figure out what Lexvold was doing and who he was with during those critical hours.

He was in town to watch his daughter compete in the USA Jr. Nationals Swimming Championships at the University of Texas. Police are hoping anyone who saw him on Thursday night or early Friday morning might be able to help them figure out what happened.

“The basics of any death investigation is reconstructing a timeline of the person’s life just before they die,” said Eric De Los Santos with the Austin Police Department. 

What police do know is that he eventually made his way to the bridge that hangs over Shoal Creek.

KXAN inspected the area where Randy Lexvold’s body was found. The guard rail is only about knee high, the bridge, about 50 feet tall, and the water, only a few inches deep.

KXAN spoke to the City of Austin’s public works department. They’ve had to do repairs to that bridge on both the street level and below.

The side where Lexvold’s body was discovered is only protected by a guard rail. The other is fortified by a stone wall.

While foul play isn’t suspected at this time, police are doing what they can to make sure the 48-year-old’s family can have closure.

“We are going to gather the facts and they will lead us where they may. But right now, it seems this was probably an accident,” said De Los Santos.

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission says they will also determine if alcohol played a role in Lexvold’s death. They say the investigation into Gutierrez’s death from two weeks ago is still ongoing.

Including the two most recent cases, our records show six bodies have been found in lakes and creeks downtown since May. Here’s a look at where they were discovered: three in Lady Bird lake, two in Waller Creek, and now one in Shoal creek.

ORIGINAL ARTICLE:

Police are trying to piece together the last few hours before a California man ended up dead in Shoal Creek last week.

On Friday around 8:30 a.m., someone saw Randy Alan Lexvold’s body floating in the creek near Sixth Street. The 48-year-old was pronounced dead at 8:48 a.m. Police believe Lexvold went over the bridge and fell into the water sometime between 1:30 a.m. and the time that he was found at 8:30 a.m. on Friday. 

Lexvold’s body showed signs of trauma that police say were consistent with a fall. Toxicology reports will take 90 days to be returned, police say. Officials don’t suspect foul play, but they are not ruling it out, and the Travis County Medical Examiner’s office has not yet determined a cause of death. 

Police say he was in town to watch his daughter compete in the USA Jr. Nationals Swimming championships. UT Austin’s athletics department confirmed the meet was hosted by Longhorn Aquatics at the Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center. It was not a UT athletics event and the daughter does not go to UT Austin.

Lexvold’s family does not know what happened to him and he had a locked iPhone which is preventing investigators from mining crucial information from it. 

Homicide investigators are asking anyone who may have seen Lexvold in the area between 1:30 a.m. and 8 a.m. call them at 512-477-3588. Police want to talk to anyone who might have seen him and are hoping from any videos of him. Investigators are also contacting nearby businesses and ride-sharing companies for information. 

Anyone who spotted a 6’1″, 200-pound man with dark blonde hair, blue eyes and a tattoo on his right shoulder who was wearing a black jacket, black Pink Floyd T-Shirt, Gap jeans, and blue Merrill trail shoes should reach out to authorities.

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