Drunk Parole Violator Wanted in Texas

By Michelle Wayland and Ellie Faulkner
|  Saturday, Apr 9, 2011  |  Updated 11:47 AM PDT
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Drunk Parole Violator Wanted in Texas

Will Topete

A parolee wanted in connection with a cold-case Texas homicide was airlifted from a canyon Friday, according to sheriff’s deputies. 

A state parole agent asked deputies for help finding parolee Jack Messina Friday around 9 a.m. in the canyon near the intersection of Sweetwater Springs Boulevard and Jamacha Boulevard.  He is a person of interest in a San Antonio cold-case out.

Messina’s GPS device was running low on its battery and he did not report as directed by a parole agent, deputies said.

“When the deputies contacted Messina in the canyon, they discovered he was very drunk, had his foot in a soft cast and the trail was very muddy from the recent rain,” said Sgt. G. Hampton.

Messina was airlifted out of the canyon and taken to Alvarado Hospital for evaluation.

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