Update: The victim in the White Rock Trail homicide has been identified as David Stevens, a 53-year-old white male. We will continue to update as we learn more.
A 30-35 year old white male was found murdered on the White Rock Creek trail this morning, as we reported earlier. Police do not know the identity of the victim and they are asking the public’s assistance in learning it.
“He was found on the trail with injuries consistent with a large-edged weapon,” police said at a press conference Monday. “He was transported to Presbyterian Hospital where he died from his injuries.”
The suspect, 21-year-old Thomas Johnson, has admitted to the crime, is in custody and will be charged with murder.
“At this time, it appears Mr. Johnson picked his victim at random,” police say.
According to Dallas County arrest records, Johnson was a repeat offender who had three previous charges — unauthorized use of motor vehicle, evading arrest and burglary of a habitat.
Police are asking anyone with information about the victim’s identity to call the homicide unit at 214.671.3584.
Police also note that this incident occurred just minutes before the murder of Lake Highlands teen Zoe Hastings was discovered in the nearby Lochwood area. However the incidents are not related, police say.
Update, Monday, 5 p.m.: The commander of the northeast police division Andrew Acord issued a statement to neighborhood residents. He says the victim was jogging on the White Rock Creek Trail near the Walnut Hill bridge.
“I would like to extend our condolences to the family. Our prayers are with the family and their loved one during this time of grief,” he says, on behalf of the Northeast Division.
“This very unfortunate incident is the only act of violence on the White Rock Creek Trail that we are aware of and upon initial investigation appears to be a purely random act. As for the safety of the trail, the Northeast Division routinely utilizes bike officers to patrol the White Rock Creek Trail on an on-going basis and will continue to do so. However, in light of today’s incident patrols will be stepped up to ensure the safety of the public. Officers will be diligent in their patrols. It is important to us that the White Rock Creek Trail remains a safe place for the public to enjoy their exercise routines and to feel secure while doing so.”