VENUS – A man who was last heard from by his family on April 19 was found on May 20 after police say he was eaten by his dogs, according to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office responded to a welfare check on a man identified as Freddie Mack, 57, in the 1300 block of King Cotton Road on May 6 at approximately 12:24 p.m. where they encountered 18 aggressive dogs on the property.
Deputies were able to distract the dogs as other deputies searched the property, unable to find Mack.
On May 9, detectives visited the residence again but were not able to access the property due to the dogs.
A drone was deployed to search the property later that day but no evidence of Mack was seen. A missing person report was filed on Mack on May 10.
It was reported that on May 11, detectives started to feed the dogs after the family stated that they were unable to feed them, adding that it was unlike Mack to leave his dog unattended without food.
After returning to the property on May 15, detectives discovered a small piece of bone which led them to execute a search warrant for the property’s trailer and shed on May 17.
As the search warrant was conducted, another bone piece and other bone fragments were discovered and an anthropologist was called to the scene.
The dogs were seized from the property on May 19, enabling detectives to conduct a more thorough search.
On May 20, detectives discovered more pieces of bone, strips of cloth and animal feces containing suspected human bone, cloth fragments, and hair.
The clothing pieces found at the scene matched the description of what Mack reportedly frequently wore.
The bone fragments were sent to the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification Lab for forensic testing.
Johnson County Sheriff Adam King stated, “During the course of our investigation it was found that Freddie suffered from serious medical conditions so we will never know if the dogs killed Mr. Mack or consumed him after he died from a medical condition.”
Out of the 16 dogs that were seized, 13 of them were euthanized. JCSO added that originally, 18 dogs were discovered on the property but 2 dogs were killed by the other dogs.
On Tuesday, July 9, the medical examiner’s office released the confirmed identity that the bones were human and identified as Freddie Mack.
Sheriff King also expressed his sympathy to Freddie Mack’s family calling his death a “very gruesome event.”