Major Setback in IDing Remains Found in Grimes County

By: Kristen Ross Email
By: Kristen Ross Email

Just as a mystery was about to be solved, a major roadblock Wednesday is setting the investigation back.

Grimes County authorities were beginning to zero in on identifying human remains found south of Shiro and were hoping to identify them Wednesday, but now, there's a major hold up.

Although the sheriff's office is pretty sure they know who the person is, a key piece of the puzzle is missing.

Investigators thought they could use dental records to make the positive ID, but late Wednesday afternoon, detectives learned the dentist didn't have those records.

Now, DNA is an option that could be used to make a positive match. However, that could slow down the momentum this case was making.

It's only been five days since the remains were discovered in a densely wooded area off County Road 234. On Tuesday, authorities revealed the remains were that of a 20 to 30 year old white male, between 5'5" and 5'9" and weighed about 140 pounds.

Sheriff Don Sowell says he still hopes they can get a definite ID soon so that the family may finally have some closure.

"That will give us an opportunity to notify next of kin, give them notification, so that they can make preparations for returning their loved one in a proper respectful way," Sowell said.

Loggers stumbled upon the remains last Friday while working on clearing the area. More bones were also retrieved Tuesday.

The sheriff's office, Texas Rangers, and the FBI worked together to retrieve the remains. Since then, they have been under the microscope of forensic examiners in Denton.

Examiners don't know what caused the person's death. There is not enough there for them to go off of at this time.

Once investigators make a match, they'll begin looking into how he died in the woods, apparently more than ten years ago.


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