WACO – Authorities confirmed late Sunday that a body recovered from a gravel pit southeast of Baylor University is that of missing basketball player Patrick Dennehy, the Dallas Morning News reported.
“A positive identification has been made of the body,” McLennan County Sheriff Larry Lynch told reporters outside the McLennan County Courthouse. “I’m sad to report it’s the body of Patrick Dennehy. I’ve notified the family.”
Sheriff Lynch declined to say what led to the identification, but another official said a human head was recovered before noon Sunday.
The news came as the mother-in-law of Carlton Dotson, the former Baylor basketball player charged with Mr. Dennehy’s murder, told The Dallas Morning News that she repeatedly warned one of his coaches this spring that he was unstable and needed help.
Pam Bayuk, wife of Sulphur Springs police Chief Jim Bayuk, said a Baylor assistant coach discounted her concerns when she told him in March that she feared for daughter Melissa Kethley’s safety and later failed to respond when she wrote him in May that Mr. Dotson was “paranoid and delusional.”