Edwin Mika, about 40, of Hallettsville, who had
disappeared from his home Friday evening, was found late Saturday hanging from
an oak tree, according to a new report reaching here.
Mika reportedly disappeared after telling his wife
he was going out and would be back shortly. Earlier he had told her,
however, this time he "would do the job." He had tried to hang himself
once before, but was cut down by a neighbor before he could strangle, it was
Sheriff Theo Long and Constable Bill Benger
instituted a search party and 400 acres of dense thickest near the Mika home
were thoroughly searched.
The party searched until midnight Friday, and
started again early Saturday.
Joe Woytek, Jr., an oil worker, who was checking
the pressure of two wells and who was unaware that the man was being hunted,
discovered Mika's body at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
The victim had apparently stood on a limb of the
tree while he tied a double piece of heavy shing cord around his neck and to
The body was found about one mile north of the Mika
home near a fence row.
He was formerly an inmate of the state hospital at
Mika is survived by his wife and six small
Cuero Record, Monday, March 2, 1953
Submitted by Rosemary