KATY (FOX 26) - There was a gruesome, early morning discovery near Katy Wednesday. A man's body was found in a drainage ditch, and investigators spent hours combing the area for clues.
The body was found down a steep embankment in the Bear Creek Meadows subdivision on W. Little York, by a person said to be walking home from work.
"It has some blunt trauma, but it's undetermined... the cause of death," said Sgt. Cedrick Collier with the Harris County Sheriff's Office.
Collier said there was apparent trauma, all over the victim's body.
"His facial area, knees, hands, and things like that," Collier said, describing the victim as being a 30-35-year-old male, possibly white or Hispanic. There was no form of identification on the body.
Two blocks away, a deputy scouring the neighborhood discovered a red aluminum baseball bat. He placed it in a plastic bag with evidence marker one. Deputies say the bat may have been a weapon.
"We found articles that might belong to somebody. Jewelry, a wallet. There was a bat that was in this area," Collier said. "Anything that could possibly have been used as a weapon is going to be collected and processed."
Evidence was so scattered, deputies ended up clearing the media from the area to look for more. Upon returning, Fox 26 saw new evidence markers, 13, 14, and 15, indicating more clues were being discovered.
Investigators have not revealed if they've found any witnesses, but Fox 26 talked with one nearby resident who said her outdoor dog barked constantly overnight. She had to go outside to calm him down, but saw nothing unusual at that time.
Fox 26 told her about the discovery at the end of her street, and learning that a man had been murdered near her home, she was the one who needed calming down.
Detectives have not revealed a possible motive for the murder, and late Wednesday, the victim's identity was still unknown.