Unexplained Bodies

Dallas police contend two mysterious deaths in Reverchon Park are unrelated

Police contend two mysterious deaths in Reverchon Park are unrelated

Reverchon Park
Two bodies have been found near Reverchon Park in Dallas. Photo by Conner Howell

A 36-year-old man was found dead in Reverchon Park around 11:30 am January 16. The deceased, Jose Hernandez Flores, had been reported missing since January 10.

Police discovered the body after someone called in about a missing person in the 3500 block of Maple Avenue. This is the second unexplained death near Reverchon Park and the Katy Trail since December 29, when the body 50-year-old Christie Pennington was found on a trail in the 3300 block of Maple Avenue.

 In both cases, the bodies had no visible signs of trauma, and reports from the Dallas County Medical Examiner's Office are still pending.

In both cases, the bodies had no visible signs of trauma. Reports from the Dallas County Medical Examiner's Office are still pending.

Kevin Pennington, Christie's ex-husband, said he was not aware of any medical problems that might have caused her sudden death, "She never took blood pressure medicine, and she didn't have heart problems," Kevin Pennington says.

He also thought it was out of character for her to be up early exercising, especially near the Katy Trail in Dallas. Since the couple separated, Christie had moved from Seagoville to Kemp. "I don't know what she'd have been doing over there. I don't have a clue," he says.

Dallas police senior corporal Melinda Gutierrez says the department is not looking at the cases in tandem. "I can tell you they are not related," Guiterrez says.

In addition to differences in gender, age and race, the two victims also showed no similarity in possessions. Flores did not have any listed property on him at the time of his death. Pennington had a .38-caliber handgun and holster, six rounds of ammunition, a pink stun gun and $100 in cash, according to the police report. Family and friends of Pennington said she had a concealed handgun license and it was normal for her to keep a weapon in her car.

"She knew how to handle herself," neighbor Bill Adair says. "She was pretty much a country girl."