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Man found in Sulphur Springs identified as escapee from Mississippi jail

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Lindsey Wiley
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Police say they found Travero McElroy of Jackson, Miss., dead in the restroom at Pacific Park on Feb. 7.

In Sulphur Springs, a man who was found dead in a municipal park bathroom has been identified as a Mississippi man who had escaped from a Mississippi jail. Sulphur Springs police reported Tuesday that they found the dead man in the men’s room at Pacific Park. The body had no identification and was sent to the Dallas Medical Examiner. The man was identified later as Travero McElroy of Jackson, Mississippi. McElroy escaped from the city jail in Raymond, Mississippi, near Jackson, in December. McElroy is belived to have escaped with another man, 31-year old Tyler Payne. McElroy had been charged with murder and Payne had been charged with carjacking. Payne was arrested in Dallas County in January.

Both men are believed to have been in Texas since escaping. In late December, a van recovered from Lake Fork was identified as having been stolen out of Mississippi, with a possible connection to Payne and McElroy. Two days later, near Abilene, law enforcement attempted to stop a silver Camry with no license plate suspected to have been driven by Payne.

Regarding McElroy’s death, officials have said they do not suspect foul play, but a cause of death has not been identified.