Body Found Under 51st St. Viaduct

At approximately 9::30 a.m. this morning, Galveston Police received a call from the family of 20-year-old Brandon Stelly, who had been reported missing on Monday, advising police that they had just found his Texas driver’s license on Postoffice St just beneath the Viaduct. Upon arrival, Galveston Police Officers began searching the area and found a body matching the description of Stelly in a small pool of water just north of the roadway. Major Crimes Detectives and Galveston Crime Scene Investigators responded immediately and began processing the scene and interviewing members of the family.

During their investigation, investigators discovered that officers responded to a call at Stelly’s residence (whom he lives their with his parents) on Monday morning, Nov. 1. The call was made by Stelly’s mother who advised police that Stelly was high on PCP and was causing a disturbance inside the residence. Investigators also spoke with Stelly’s girlfriend who told them she was with Stelly on Saturday night and that he was still under the influence of PCP. Stelly’s girlfriend stated Stelly asked her to take him to go purchase more PCP and while in route they became involved in what began as a verbal altercation but escalated into physical violence. During the altercation they stopped the car on Postoffice St., and at some point during the altercation Stelly exited the vehicle. Witnesses said they then observed the vehicle proceeding down Postoffice with Stelly clinging to the hood. According to Stelly’s girlfriend, she then stopped the car, Stelly got off the hood and began walking off the roadway toward the bridge. Stelly’s girlfriend told police that she attempted to illicit help from someone nearby but was unable to find anyone, and subsequently left the area. Stelly’s girlfriend sustained multiple minor injuries during the altercation, which were observed by investigators during the interviews.

After not being able to find him over the weekend, Stelly’s family reported him missing on Monday, Nov. 1, and later, heard the story about Stelly being involved in an altercation with his girlfriend near the viaduct, causing them to begin searching that area.

No charges have been filed at this time; however, the investigation is ongoing. Investigators are currently awaiting the results of the autopsy and subsequent cause of death, which will help drive the direction of the investigation from this point.

The names of any other involved parties are not being released at this time.