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Suspect Identified in Hickory Ridge Rd. Homicide


Suspect Identified in Hickory Ridge Rd. Homicide

At 9:53 am on the morning of April 16, 2020, TCSO patrol deputies responded to a 911 report of a deceased person in the 600 block of Hickory Ridge. Upon arrival, deputies saw the body of Janice Hughes, 70 of Manchaca, TX lying in the back yard, unresponsive. (Please note, the correction in red. The release sent April 24, 2020 said front yard in error.) Hughes was pronounced dead at 10:01 am. Nothing about the scene or the body appeared suspicious as there was no notable evidence of trauma.

The Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office performed an autopsy on April 23, 2020 and found a small pellet in Hughes’s lung. Further examination revealed a very small entrance wound. The pellet was determined to be the cause of death, therefore TCSO began a homicide investigation.

Detectives learned from multiple witnesses that Hughes had been in an ongoing property line dispute with neighbor, DANIEL “Dan” CARNAHAN, 59. Witnesses described various ways in which Carnahan allegedly harassed Hughes. The dispute was further evidenced by multiple TCSO incident reports. Carnahan was the 911 caller who reported her death and Hughes’s body was lying ten feet away from the property line between her property and Carnahan’s.

Detectives executed a search warrant on Carnahan’s home and found pellets visually similar to the pellet obtained from Hughes’s body.

Saturday, April 25, 2020, a warrant was issued for Carnahan’s arrest. TCSO received a tip that Carnahan asked friends to give him gas money and a gun. The tipster said Carnahan claimed what happened to Hughes was an accident and that he could not go to jail. The tipster refused to give Carnahan a weapon.

A law enforcement BOLO was distributed and the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force was mobilized in an effort to locate Carnahan.

This morning, the body of Daniel Carnahan was discovered by Hays County Deputies.

TCSO’s homicide case remains open and will not close until all evidence has been fully processed and every possible lead has been thoroughly explored.

TCSO will not offer an on-camera media briefing.

Submitted By: Kristen Dark, Sr. Public Information Officer 512-854-4986

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