A donkey jack is believed to have been responsible for the death of a mayor from a small Texas town.
There were no witnesses to the attack on experienced cattle rancher William Bohlke, who was mayor of Hollywood Park, but his injuries were consistent with an attack by the donkey jack in the pasture.
Authorities believe Bohlke, 65, was trampled to death.
Deputies from the Atascosa County Sheriff’s Office joined relatives in a search on Monday night, and they found his body in the pasture.
It is understood Bohlke had gone into the pasture to check his heifers.
Hollywood Park is a town of about 3000 north of San Antonio.
Flags in the town were flown at half-mast in honor of the mayor. Bohlke was elected in May in his first run for public office.
He retired from the Air Force in 1990 after a 20-year career.
A statement written by the Bohlke family and posted on the Hollywood Park website said: “It is with great regret that we, the family of Bill Bohlke, wish to inform you of his passing last night, August 27th, 2012.
“Bill suffered a fatal injury while taking care of his prized cow herd near Pleasanton last evening. Bill, your mayor, dearly loved serving you, our community, and we only wish he was here to continue doing so. We are still making the necessary funeral arrangements and will advise City Hall when we have been able to do so.”