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Bishop police find dead man in car, identify body

Officials believe it to be the body of Ralph Sparks
Ralph Sparks Silver Alert
Posted at 9:22 AM, Dec 26, 2022

UPDATE on 12/26/22 @ 3:01 p.m.

Nueces County Sheriff J.C. Hooper said officials found a dead man in a car near Bishop Monday afternoon.

Hooper said the man is believed to be the Ralph Sparks, the man involved in the Silver Alert that was issued Monday morning in Kingsville.

According to a Facebook post by Nueces County Precinct 3 Constable Jimmy Rivera, just before 1:30 this afternoon,deputies and Bishop police responded to a suspicious vehicle on the 5000 block of County Road 10.

Officials found the car with the trunk open. An unresponsive man was found in the driver's seat.

Allegiance EMS arrived on the scene and pronounced him dead.

Sheriff JC Hooper said they are still in the early stages of the investigation, but no foul play is suspected.


The Kingsville Police Department is searching for 90-year-old Ralph Sparks who was last seen on Dec. 23 at 4:09 p.m. in Kingsville.

Sparks is diagnosed with cognitive impairment and is described as a white male. He is 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighs 150 pounds.

He has white hair, blue eyes and was last seen wearing a dark blue coat, red button-down, white undershirt, khaki pants, and black shoes.

The victim may have some blood on his clothes and some scratches on his hand.

Officials believe the senior citizen may be a threat to his own life.

Sparks was last seen on the 900 block of E. General Cavazos Blvd in Kingsville in a blue 2020 Ford Fusion with Texas license plate NLT3578.

The vehicle's passenger-side mirror is damaged.

If you have any information regarding this missing senior citizen, contact the Kingsville Police Department at (361) 592-4311.