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Tip from Tomball PD leads PCSO to body

LIVINGSTON -- A tip about a possible murder late Friday led Polk County sheriff’s deputies to a travel trailer in the Wiggins Village Subdivision #1 and the body of a 76-year-old man.

Sheriff Kenneth Hammack said his office received a call shortly before 10:30 p.m. on Aug. 18 from the Tomball Police Department asking that they send someone to 143 Lewis Village Road to perform a welfare check.

The Tomball police said they were with a Billie Sparks who reported that her husband had been murdered and she had been kidnapped by her brother, Edward Roane Jr., 71. The Tomball officer said they needed to confirm if a murder had taken place because the suspect was believed to be barricaded in a Tomball motel.

Deputies with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Lewis Village Road location and discovered the body of 76-year-old Alton Sparks inside his travel trailer.

Hammack said his office was joined by the Polk County District Attorney’s Office and Ranger Clendennen, from Company –A of the Texas Rangers in the investigation into the death. An inquest was held by Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace Darrel Longino, who had the body transported to the Jefferson County Medical Examiners Officer for an autopsy.

A final ruling on the manner of Sparks’ death is pending the preliminary autopsy report.

The Polk County Sheriff Office subsequently learned from Tomball police that when a SWAT Team gained entry into the Roane’s motel room, he was found to be deceased.