The Angelina County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an unattended death in the 1000 block of Gilliam Creek Road, according to sheriff’s office Capt. Alton Lenderman.

William Wade Pierce, 48, was found deceased just off the side of the road Sunday night by a passerby, Lenderman said. The cause of his death is unknown and the sheriff's office is waiting on an autopsy report, he said.

The sheriffs office is treating this as a murder investigation until evidence suggests otherwise, he said.

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