On June 16, 2010, a relative reported Mark Shurish as missing to the Travis County Sheriff’s Office. It was reported that Shurish was last seen on June 6, 2010 at Fuzzy’s Bar at the intersection of Hwy 29 and RR 1431, Llano County. Llano County Investigators began interviewing potential witnesses and acquaintances and developed information that Shurish may have been murdered. In September 2010, Investigators and the Texas Rangers identified a possible crime scene at a residence in Llano County. That scene was processed by the Department of Public Safety Crime Scene Team and evidence was recovered that suggested a violent act had occurred.
As the investigation progressed, additional information was developed that the victim’s body had been disposed of on a Mason County ranch. On October 7, 2010, Llano County Sheriff Investigators, Texas Rangers, Mason County Sheriff’s Office, and the Texas State University Department of Anthropology Team processed a specific location on that ranch and recovered skeletal remains. The remains were taken to the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy and the victim was identified as Mark Shurish.
On October 15, 2010, probable cause was presented to Llano County Justice of the Peace, Pct. 3, Era Marion who issued an arrest warrant for first degree murder for Thomas Creech. Creech and Shurish were acquaintances.
On October 19, 2010, Creech was arrested in Madison County, Missouri. Llano County Investigators returned Shurish to the Llano County Jail on October 21. Creech is being held in Llano County Jail without bond. Charges against other individuals are pending.
Also assisting in the investigation were DPS Narcotics and the Burnet County Sheriff’s Office.