HOUSTON - Family members say the body of their loved one, a Houston Public Works employee who was reported missing during Hurricane Harvey, has been found.
The body of Joseph Dowell, 44, was identified at a morgue on Thursday. He was last seen on Saturday, August 26, 2017 and was reported missing by family members.
Family members say he was on his way to work at Houston Public Works when he drove up to water that was too high to cross.
He called a coworker to come and pick him up at Wayside Drive and Texarkana Street, but that was last anyone heard from him.
A cause of death has not yet been released. It's unclear if Dowell's death is related to the hurricane.
We spoke to Dowell's sisters on Thursday. They said their calls to police, the morgue, even shelters – all came back with nothing about their missing brother.
Hours after our interview, one of his sisters called us and said Dowell's body has been identified at the morgue.
His sister, Lacherrie Delahoussaye, said her brother's body was being kept under an alias he'd used in the past, which is why they couldn't find him.
While Dowell's body may have been found, there are still a lot of questions for his family. Unusual Facebook activity has them wondering if Hurricane Harvey is in fact to blame for his death.
"August 28th, 10:32 pm: that's his last post. Something told me to go look.... It's just religious, 'Lord, I'm coming before you, asking you to touch anyone who needs his touch from you today. In Jesus' name, Amen.' That's what it says,” said Delahoussaye.
Now that the family has some closure, they said they are mourning and will begin planning funeral arrangements.
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