Lubbock man found dead at Palo Duro Canyon - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/16/09

Lubbock man found dead at Palo Duro Canyon

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A Lubbock family and local church mourn the death of a young man. Hikers found 23-year-old Nathan Neel's body at Palo Duro Canyon on Friday.  The Randall County Sheriff's Office tells us they're not sure what caused Neel's death.

Nathan Neel recently started working as the youth pastor for New Home Baptist Church. He left Lubbock early Friday morning, by himself, for Palo Duro Canyon. About 4:30 p.m. on Friday hikers discovered his body. Police say that there were no apparent wounds.

The pastor at New Home Baptist Church, Calvin Gray, says the parish is saddened by the news, but is trying to keep the faith during this difficult time.  "They were just speechless, like this can't be. He was just here," said Gray. 

Neel also worked at a youth intern for the past few years at Bacon Heights Baptist Church in Lubbock.

NewsChannel 11 expects more details on the cause of death later.  The body was sent to Lubbock for an autopsy.

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