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There are still a number of questions to be answered when it comes to the decomposing body found in South Brazos County Thursday night. But with the evidence they have so far, sheriff's officials believe they're dealing with a murder.
Investigators with the Brazos County Sheriff's Office worked through the night and into Friday morning, sifting through a ditch on FM 159 filled with so-much garbage that it filled a dump truck.
"[We were] very methodically going through all the trash and through the scene to make sure we recovered all of the remains, and we did," said Brazos County Sheriff Chris Kirk.
Within a 20-foot radius, scattered adult body parts were found. Authorities say their state of decomposition means they likely had been in the ditch for weeks, or even months.
But a blouse-like article of clothing found with the body lead investigators to believe they found a woman. They also found a bullet wound. Authorities won't identify where the wound was, only that it would have been a fatal shot.
"We believe she was probably killed at another site and dumped at that location," Kirk said.
Following examination by local officials, the remains will next head to the Dallas County Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy, where Kirk hopes more questions will be answered.
"We'll rely on the medical examiner to help us with further identification and the collection of any evidence we might find in the remains," he said.
But for now, a mystery remains surrounding the death of a Brazos County Jane Doe.
A Navasota man searching for recyclables stumbled across the body Thursday night.
So far, no reported missing persons match the limited description of this body. If you have any information, call the Brazos County Sheriff's Office or Crime Stoppers.
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