A Keller man whose body was found in the back yard of a home after he had been missing for a week in August died from a drug overdose, according to a final ruling by the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office.
Officials with the medical examiner’s office noted Michael “Justin” Archie, 27, died from a mixture of cocaine and heroin and his death was an accident. The ruling came just a few days ago after tests had been completed.
“We thought his life had changed,” said Ashley Archie of Burleson, his sister. “He had been sober for a long time and he was running a company.”
She also noted that her brother was looking forward to his young daughter’s birthday which was just days away when he went missing.
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At 2 p.m. on Aug. 10, Archie, 27, talked to a friend and made plans with her for that night.
“She said he sounded normal,” Ashley Archie said in an August interview with the Star-Telegram.
Archie, who worked with his father at Archie’s Backyard Retreat in Haltom City, had completed his workday and took to the road.
He was last seen on the afternoon of Aug. 10 as he crawled out of his truck after a one-vehicle wreck in the 2200 block of Evans Avenue near John Peter Smith Hospital.
“I believe some people started following him and he tried jumping over a backyard fence,” Ashley Archie said. “I believe he had a heart attack and that’s when he died.”
A missing persons report was filed with Keller police where he had been living with his father.
His body was found Aug. 17 in the back yard of a home in the 2000 block of Missouri Avenue, just a few blocks from the accident scene.
“The officers found one of his shoes on the opposite side of the fence from where he was located,” Fort Worth police officer Buddy Calzada III said in an email. “We do not exactly know how he ended up in the back yard, but it appears that he may have jumped or climbed over the fence.”
Archie’s sister said no drugs were found on him.
“He was found with his wallet and identification, but his money was missing,” his sister said. “At this point, we can’t be sure on what happened.”