Walker Ray Kaatz and Kristie Michelle Cardenas. (Photos courtesy: Austin Police Department and Guadalupe County)

AUSTIN, Texas — The body of a man found in the backyard of a South Austin home last week has been identified.

The man was identified as 32-year-old Nicklas Kinslow. His death is being considered suspicious at this time pending a report from the medical examiner’s office.
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Austin Police say detectives following up on a 911 call discovered the body last Wednesday in the backyard of a residence in the 5800 block of Mojave Drive, southeast of the intersection of West Stassney Lane and Menchaca Road.

APD says they received a 911 call on Tuesday about the body and its location. Detectives made contact with the residents of the home, who they say gave consent to a search — and in the backyard there appeared to be an area where a body could have been buried.

The officers secured the location and obtained a search warrant. The following day an excavation was conducted by homicide detectives, crime scene specialists, APD Bomb Squad, and the Austin Fire Department. That afternoon the body was recovered from the backyard.

Two people have been charged with second-degree felony tampering with evidence — 22-year-old Walker Ray Kaatz and 36-year-old Kristie Michelle Cardenas.

Detectives are asking anyone with video or photos of the incident to call APD Homicide at 512-974-TIPS, the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at 512-472-8477 (TIPS), use the new Crime Stoppers App, or email APD Homicide at homicide.apd@austintexas.gov.