Body of Missing Cyclist Found Monday Afternoon

By Ellen Bryan
|  Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014  |  Updated 11:52 AM CDT
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The Flower Mound Police Department confirmed that the body of missing cyclist Wesley Andrew Hixson was found at about 2:15 p.m. Monday.

Ben Russell, NBC 5 News

The Flower Mound Police Department confirmed that the body of missing cyclist Wesley Andrew Hixson was found at about 2:15 p.m. Monday.

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Body of Missing Cyclist Found

Flower Mound Police Department confirms that the body of missing cyclist Wesley Andrew Hixson was found on Monday at about 2:15 p.m.

Missing Cyclist's Body Found

Flower Mound police confirm the body of missing cyclist Wesley Andrew Hixson was found on Monday afternoon, just after 2 p.m.
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The body of missing cyclist Wesley Andrew Hixson, 30, was found just after 2 p.m. Monday, in a ravine northeast of Twin Coves Marina, Flower Mound police confirm.

Rescue crews had spent all weekend looking for the bicyclist, who disappeared Saturday, June 21, at Murrell Park in Grapevine.

Hixson’s friends said they were out biking on the trails when Hixson crashed. The accident happened at about 10 a.m.  According to police, Hixson continued to ride, but got separated from his friends.

Searchers found Hixson's body in a ravine, no more than 20 feet off of a particularly difficult stretch of the North Shore Trail system, according to Lt. Lee Tovar of the Arlington Fire Department.

Hixson was found along with his bicycle and with his helmet on, Lt. Tovar told NBC DFW, and he was in an area that was densely covered by brush and leaves.

"We may never know what those final hours held for him," said Capt. Richard Brooks of the Flower Mound Police Department.

Police believe that Hixson might have suffered a head injury in the crash.

“This is pretty rough, dense terrain out here. The bike trails are really rugged,” Flower Mound police officer Paul Boon said.

The search for Hixson involved hundreds of people stepping forward to offer help from at least eight different police, fire and EMS departments in at least five different municipalities.

Boon said that 100 Arlington firefighters were among the search volunteers. Many of them were off-duty and came to support one of their own.

"The support that we were given shows that we're a strong community, we're a strong family for the fire department and it shows the support we have from the surrounding cities," Lt. Tovar said.

Hixson's father is a veteran firefighter with the Arlington Fire Department.

"It's emotionally draining, and you see it," said Lt. Lee Tovar with the Arlington Fire Department. "But we're here for him, everyone is here for him."

The Arlington Fire Department tweeted its response to the discovery of Hixson's body Monday afternoon, shortly after it was confirmed his body had been found. 

A close family friend has started a fund to help Hixson's wife and kids, CLICK HERE for more information on how to donate.

The official cause of death is still under investigation.

NBC's Ben Russell contributed to this report.

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