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Salute This Man: Body Found In Dallas River Levee Is Missing Former Marine/SMU Officer

August 26, 2016

Nearly two months ago Southern Methodist University officer and former Marine Mark McCullers went missing after being swept into Turtle Creek during a flash flood on July 5. He was working a private security job, his body was found Wednesday afternoon in the Trinity River in downtown Dallas.

The Dallas County medical examiner confirmed the body belonged to McCullers shortly after it was discovered.

An SMU police sergeant discovered the body in a large pile of debris that washed up on the banks of the Trinity River.


As the body was being pulled out of the water, it was covered with the American flag and police officers saluted it as it was put onto the stretcher.

Dallas police said an SMU supervisor was continuously searching the area where Turtle Creek feeds into the Trinity River before the body was found.

“The SMU supervisor comes down here approximately three times a week,” Dallas Police Maj. Jimmy Vaughan told WFAA. “[He] usually comes with another officer or two.”



McCullers was working a private security job guarding a construction site when a torrential rain storm caused a flash flood along Turtle Creek.

“It’s flooding. It’s about to go in my car,” said McCullers in a 911 recording call.

Surveillance footage around the construction site shows him trying to open the passenger side car door, but struggling to do so because the water surrounding the car rises.

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On July 28, more than 300 people attended McCullers memorial service at the McFarlin Auditorium at SMU.

He is survived by his wife and six children.