Update on the Willoughby Death Case
Police said David Willoughby was a very calculated man and that he was even planning a vacation before he disappeared. As authorities search for more pieces to the story they said it doesn't appear he took his own life, because the facts lean more towards the hands of someone else. Detectives said they're considering everything in the death of David Willoughby including possible homicide.
52-year-old David Willoughby from Port Lavaca was reported missing on June 26th after he allegedly left his house to visit a friend in Rockport but never made it there.On July 13th several agencies discovered Willoughby’s body and his white Honda Civic at the bottom of the Guadalupe River off Hwy 35 near Tivoli. The lead detective on the case, Colin Rangnow with the Port Lavaca police department, said Willoughby was in the water for about two and a half weeks with minimum water in his lungs. Rangnow said authorities are not able to reproduce a crash scene or accident, so a car accident has been ruled out. He says there was minimum damage to Willoughby's Honda Civic. The vehicle was found with some marks on the hood and a broken windshield, but authorities attribute that damage to the river bed.
There was no alcohol in Willoughby's system and no internal or external trauma to the body. Rangnow says police do have persons of interest in the case. He said the facts of the case remain suspicious, especially since the autopsy found such a high dose of Ambien in his system. The case remains under investigation and police are still conducting interviews.