GALVESTON — The police department Wednesday was investigating a homicide, the island’s first of 2014, after a Galveston man’s body was found in a gas station parking lot Tuesday night.
The body of Alan Burdick, 54, was found by police in a parking lot at 69th Street and Seawall Boulevard, officials said Wednesday.
Police found Burdick’s body after receiving a 911 call about an unconscious man at about 11 p.m. Tuesday.
An autopsy performed Wednesday afternoon determined Burdick had been killed by blunt force trauma to the head, according to the Galveston County Medical Examiner’s Office.
In a news release, the police called Burdick’s death “suspicious,” but released few other details about case.
Police officials did not say who made the initial call to 911 and declined to say whether any suspects or persons of interest had been identified.
By Wednesday afternoon, the scene at the gas station where Burdick’s body was found had been cleared by police. Employees at the gas station declined to comment and referred questions to the business’s corporate office.
Department of Public Safety records list a man matching Burdick’s age as having an home address in the Havre Lafitte neighborhood, although his name does not appear on any county property records.
Late Wednesday afternoon, police chief Henry Porretto said he was “disappointed” to open the first homicide investigation of the year.
Porretto said he believed Burdick’s death is an isolated incident.
There were 13 reported homicides in Galveston County in 2013, the lowest number of such deaths in the county since 1960.
Three of those deaths occurred in the city of Galveston.
Police made arrests related to all three of those cases. Two of them — related to the deaths of bakery owner Juan Navarro and Back Bay Circle resident Cedrick Champion — are scheduled to go to trial later this year.
In the third, a grand jury declined to indict a man suspected in the death of 23-year-old Marshall Provost.
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