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Preston Bouldin


Notice to Close File[1]

            At about 6 a.m. on May 8, 1953, the body of Preston Bouldin, a 21-year-old African-American man, was found near railroad tracks in San Antonio, Texas.  Observers reported that he suffered a broken neck.  Though investigators found witnesses to Bouldin’s actions during the prior evening, they were unable to locate any witnesses to events immediately preceding his death.  As further explained below, there is insufficient evidence to establish the identity of the person or persons responsible for the victim’s death or to prove that the death was related to his race.  Accordingly, this matter should be closed.

[1] Memo amended June 16, 2021.

Incident Date
Case Name
Preston Bouldin
Industry Code(s)
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Case Document
Updated July 19, 2021