Bridge jumper’s body found
After a month, the body of the New Year’s Day jumper has surfaced.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a person jumping off of the Veterans Memorial Bridge on Hwy 87 in Orange County at approximately 10:15 a.m., Friday, Jan. 1. Search and rescue looked for the body several days to no avail.
Tuesday, at approximately 11:45 a.m., the Orange County Sheriff’s Office received a call from some boaters advising they had located a body lying on the bank of the Neches River.
Sheriff Keith Merritt, along with other members of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and Bridge City Fire Department responded to the location in the department’s airboat. The location where the body was located was on the north side of the ship channel, almost directly across from the location where the victim had last been seen on Jan. 1.
According to Sgt. Chad Hogan of the sheriff’s office, the body was recovered and transported to the Marine Fueling dock in Port Arthur, where he was positively identified by his Texas Driver’s License as George Raymond Trenholm, a 56 year-old man, residing in Spicewood, Texas. Trenholm is the person the sheriff’s department believed had jumped from the Veterans Bridge, Jan. 1. His wallet and drivers license was still inside his pants pocket.
Justice of the Peace Janice Menard pronounced him dead at the scene and ordered an inquest. Trenholm’s body was transported to the Jefferson County Morgue where an autopsy will be performed.