BALLINGER - The search for the missing Ballinger man came to an end on Friday when his remains were found near the Ballinger Water Treatment Plant on Country Club Road, Ballinger Police reported.

BALLINGER -  The search for the missing Ballinger man came to an end on Friday when his remains were found near the Ballinger  Water Treatment Plant on Country Club Road, Ballinger Police reported.

The body of Gabriel Padron, 74, missing since Feb. 9, was found at 9 a.m. Friday morning  by a water supply worker from the Rowena Water Supply Company said Ballinger Police Chief Stan Maresch.

The body was found about 1,000 feet from Ballinger’s Water Treatment Plant on County Road 288 (Country Club Road) just outside of the Ballinger city limits. The remains were found close to the fence line.

Maresch said the clothing was similar to that which Padron was reportedly wearing at the time of his disappearance.

“There was also identification found on the body as well,” Maresch said.

The family was contacted Friday.

On Tuesday, Padron's daughter Lupita, said that the family is very sad regarding the turn of events, but thanked the police and law enforcement for conducting the search for him.

"The whole family was dismayed and very sad, we still had the hope of finding him alive to be able to embrace him again," Lupita Padron wrote in a statement. "I am the youngest daughter of Gabriel Padrón and his departure hurts me, there are no words to describe what I feel with this loss, we can only remember him as a good and just man who loved life, and his children...

"We want to thank you for the interest shown in the search for my father, and all those people, foundations and police departments who were following the case to its end, we know that they did everything in their power to find him healthy and safe but unfortunately we can not change the destinies of God," she wrote.

The body was found 1.5 to 2 miles from 1800 block of Sargent Street where the last known sighting was reported.

Immediately after his disappearance searches were conducted near the Colorado River both by vehicle and plane.

“We searched all around the Colorado River but not on Country Club Road we did not have reports of him going that way,” Maresch said.

The body has been sent to American Forensics in Mesquite where an autopsy will be conducted to rule out foul play, Maresch said. It could take as much as six weeks to get the results back from the autopsy, Maresch said.

Padron was last seen at 11:30 a.m. at 1205 Largent Ave. where he lived with his niece, wearing khaki pants, a black jacket and a cowboy hat. Family members said he routinely walked to the Shortstop and Allsup’s on Broadway Ave. Padron’s body was found within a mile from the home.

Family members said Padron never returned from taking out the trash.

Lupita Padron said the family is waiting on the results of the autopsy before planning a funeral. She said once the results are in the family will return his ashes to Mexico City, where they will have a service.

The Ballinger Police Department, the Department of Public Safety, Runnels County Sheriff’s Office and the Winters Police Department participated in the search.