Texas Teens Steal Jewelry From Dead Man in Snapchat Video, Police Say

A pair of teenagers from Texas were arrested after a Snapchat video allegedly showed them stealing a necklace from a dead man.

Bethany Martin, 17, and a 16-year-old, whose identity was not revealed, allegedly came across the body of a 25-year-old male hanging from railings.

The teens allegedly found the body on July 26, at around 8:38 a.m., at the intersection of Sunday Song and Charismatic, just outside of San Antonio, Texas.

Officers arrived at the scene and found the deceased hanging, via an article of clothing, from the railing of a drainage ditch. Local news site KSAT reported the man had discoloration throughout his body, citing Bexar County Sheriff's Office (BCSO) officials.

A report from the BCSO claimed the pair indicated they were going to a nearby gas station, when they thought they saw something out of the ordinary so decided to investigate further.

Rather than calling the authorities immediately, the pair called their friend, who arrived at the scene and dialed 911. Deputies determined there was no foul play involved in the death, and ruled it as a suicide.

The following day, officers were made aware of a video circulating on social media, which appeared to show the teens with the body before officers arrived on the scene. It was reported the footage was sent to officers anonymously.

Information from BCSO indicated one clip allegedly showed Martin removing a necklace from around the deceased's neck. The statement claimed the two girls admitted to taking the necklace and the charm from the dead man's neck.

The pair claimed they ditched the necklace, but kept the charm, the statement continued.

Mugshot of Bethany Martin.
Mugshot of Bethany Martin from the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office. The 17-year-old was allegedly seen in a Snapchat video taking the necklace. Bexar County Sheriff’s Office

Investigators attempted to locate the discarded necklace, searching in the nearby grassy area the girls said they dumped it. Despite the best efforts of the authorities, the jewelry could not be found.

KSAT reported Martin allegedly told investigators her friend told her she liked the man's jewelry

The site claimed the 16-year-old told deputies she recorded the incident on Snapchat, and put the medallion on her own gold necklace because she thought it "matched her fashion style."

The younger teen later returned the medallion to officers, which was then handed to the man's next of kin, KSAT reported.

The pair were placed into custody on July 27, and both teenagers were charged with theft of a human corpse or grave, with Martin's bond set at $2,000. KSAT reported that she has since been released from jail.

Google map image of the body location.
Google map image of the body location. A 25-year-old man is believed to have committed suicide on July 28, just outside of San Antonio. Google Maps