Cadaver Dogs to Search Area Where Skeletal Remains Found - kcentv.com - KCEN HD - Waco, Temple, and Killeen

Cadaver Dogs to Search Area Where Skeletal Remains Found

Posted: Updated:
HEWITT, TX -

(KCEN) – On Monday Hewitt detectives were back at the wooded crime scene where two human skeletal remains were found just days ago. They now plan on bringing in cadaver dogs from Austin on Thursday to comb the area once again, making sure there are no other remains.

On Friday Hewitt police received a call saying human remains were found in a heavily wooded area near a creek bed off of the 100 block of Bridle Trail.

That phone call came from Jason Gilstrap. Before the discovery he had been working on his truck while his sister was in the woods. "We're going to be moving out soon, and we wanted to get everything cleaned up for the landlord. That was the reason she was back there," Jason said.

It wasn't long before his sister Jessica stumbled upon what she thought was a leg bone. "I wanted to look and make sure there wasn't anything else. I ended up coming up on more human remains, and eventually finding the skull," Jason said.

Shaken up by what he just saw, Jason immediately called police. Detectives taped off the wooded area and stayed into the night processing the scene. On Saturday morning detectives announced a second set of human skeletal remains had been found.

"Being cynical police officers we know there's the potential for that to happen, but we just didn't think anything like this could occur in our city," Hewitt Police Chief Jim Devlin said.

Devlin says right now there are few details he can release, but said they are treating this as a homicide investigation. They're currently in the process of combing through missing person cases in McLennan County and possibly other counties as the investigation continues.

Over the last few days, Devlin says several people have come forward wanting to know if it was their loved ones. "We are looking into those leads; we've talked about potential individuals from the area that could be missing," Devlin said. "We're holding on to that until we can get some definitive information about the remains."  

Because the size of the bones, Devlin believes at least one set of remains could be a teen or adult, but it's still too early to tell. He also says they found significant evidence in addition to the bones that could help with identifying the remains.

The remains are currently undergoing forensic testing in Dallas, and Devlin estimates it will be between four to six weeks before they get any answers.

  • Latest NewsMore>>

  • UPDATE: Source: Two Killed in Falls County Crash Were Baylor Band Members

    UPDATE: Source: Two Killed in Falls County Crash Were Baylor Band Members

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 6:28 PM EDT2014-07-29 22:28:40 GMT
    (KCEN) -- All four people involved in a fatal crash this morning are from the DFW area, and all are between 18 and 21 years old. A 21-year-old female passenger and a 19-year-old male passenger were killed when the 2003 Dodge truck they were in hit a tree.More >>
    (KCEN) -- All four people involved in a fatal crash this morning are from the DFW area, and all are between 18 and 21 years old. A 21-year-old female passenger and a 19-year-old male passenger were killed when the 2003 Dodge truck they were in hit a tree.More >>
  • House Creek Bridge on Fort Hood To Be Closed

    House Creek Bridge on Fort Hood To Be Closed

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 5:52 PM EDT2014-07-29 21:52:21 GMT
     Starting at 7 a.m. on Thursday the House Creek Bridge on West Range Road on Fort Hood will be closed to all traffic.More >>
     Starting at 7 a.m. on Thursday the House Creek Bridge on West Range Road on Fort Hood will be closed to all traffic.More >>
  • Abbott Appeals Texas Same Sex Marriage Ban

    Abbott Appeals Texas Same Sex Marriage Ban

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 5:09 PM EDT2014-07-29 21:09:27 GMT
    Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott filed an appeal on Tuesday to uphold the state's same-sex marriage ban.The ban was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge in February. According to the brief, Abbott said Texas can ban same-sex marriage based on Texas's interest in procreation. In 2005, Texas voters approved a constitutional amendment that defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman.More >>
    Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott filed an appeal on Tuesday to uphold the state's same-sex marriage ban.The ban was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge in February. According to the brief, Abbott said Texas can ban same-sex marriage based on Texas's interest in procreation. In 2005, Texas voters approved a constitutional amendment that defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman.More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KCEN. All Rights Reserved. Users of this site agree to the Terms of Service, Privacy Notice/Your California Privacy Rights, and Ad Choices.