By Brenda Sommer
The search for a missing Mexia man ended in horror when his son, Karl Benjamin Nussbaum, 47, was charged with murdering his father, who was found dead Saturday evening. It is believed he was beaten to death.
The body of Mexia native and longtime resident Harold Julius Nussbaum, 86, was found around 6:30 p.m. March 19, two-tenths of a mile off FM 3437 near Lake Mexia. This discovery came after a silver alert was issued for Nussbaum around 1:30 a.m. Saturday. Volunteers and Mexia firefighters and police then combed areas near where Nussbaum’s vehicle was found, from dawn until mid-day Saturday.
Harold Nussbaum, a retired Mexia banker, was last seen Friday morning after going to McDonald’s and a therapy appointment. According to his daughter, Kristen Beard, of Garland, Karl Nussbaum had been staying with his father, and Karl told her he called his father at home from his job about 1:30 p.m., but there was no answer.