LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Dental records have revealed that the remains of a woman found in a grassy median on US Highway 69 in Cherokee County were not those of Sheila Morton, a 32-year-old Huntington woman who has been missing since June 2.
Angelina County Sheriff Greg Sanches confirmed that the woman's remains were not those of Morton early Friday afternoon. Sanches said Dr. David Palmer, a Lufkin dentist, was very helpful in determining whether the remains matched Morton's dental records.
Now, the cause will default back to the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office, Sanches said. He said authorities are still no closer to identifying the remains.
After the body was discovered on Sept. 3, it was transported to the North Texas Anthropology Department for an anthropological exam, according to Capt. John Raffield of the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office.
Road workers mowing the median found the decomposed body in the area of County Road 2620, which is just north of Wells, on Wednesday.
Investigators from Angelina County reported to the scene to try to determine if the body could by that of Morton.
A preliminary autopsy conducted on a woman's remains found in a grassy median on US 69 in Cherokee County failed to give officials a cause of death or a positive identity.
Raffield said there was a hope today that the preliminary autopsy would provide answers. For example, there could have been a note in the pockets which indicated an identification. He said now it could be days or even months before there are answers for Morton's family.