SAN ANTONIO (KENS5) -- A person who set out for an afternoon walk Saturday ended up with more adrenaline pumping than they probably had hoped for after finding a man's body in east San Antonio.
A dispatcher for the San Antonio Fire Department confirmed that a caller reported finding a "badly-beaten body" near the Salado Creek hike and bike trails. The exact location was later determined to be Jack White Trailhead, an area near a park police office building.
The body was identified Sunday as Douglas Rivers, 63, by the Bexar County Medical Examiner's Office.
According to SAFD, it was obvious that the man was dead because the body had suffered extensive trauma; however, the man was not "beaten" as was initially reported by the jogger. Police chief William McManus told KENS 5's Marvin Hurst that the body was that of a park police officer in his 60s who had been involved in a wreck.
According to investigators, the off-duty officer was on his bicycle when he failed to negotiate a turn and was sent hurtling into a tree.
"It is an unusual situation," said McManus. "He was very much into fitness, in great shape. This is what he does: ride the bike through the trails while he's working. We just don't know what happened or why he couldn't negotiate that turn."
The discovery was made just before 2 p.m. in the 3800 block of Seguin Rd., near Binz-Engleman Road and Interstate 35. The San Antonio Police Department's East Patrol was also called to the scene.
The victim's identity has not been released; however, McManus said the officer had about 30 years of experience in law enforcement. He had spent the last five years working for the park police.
McManus said the victim was scheduled to clock in at 5 p.m. the day he was found.