NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - An individual looking for his or her pet in a wooded area about two miles north of Cushing stumbled across a suspicious bone late Friday night that turned out to be from human remains.
When Nacogdoches County Sheriff's investigators and Texas Rangers conducted a thorough search of the wooded area Saturday morning, they quickly found other remains that were identified as human, according to a press release.
"Evidence found at the scene has raised concern that possible foul play may have been involved," said Nacogdoches County Sheriff Jason Bridges. "We have a theory on who the victim is, but at this point, it is only an educated guess."
After the individual found the bone and called 911, the responding NCSO deputies felt like the bone was possibly human. The more thorough search conducted the next morning confirmed their suspicions. In addition to the remains, the authorities also recovered a pair of garments from the scene, the press release stated.
According to the press release, several key body parts recovered at the scene should allow authorities to identify the victim via DNA testing. Bridges said when the crime scene is completely processed, the remains were sent to a forensics lab at Sam Houston State University. From there, they will be sent to the University of North Texas for DNA testing.
"It could take several months for DNA results to be processed," the press release stated. "It appears that the human remains have been in the woods for several years."
Bridges said the investigation is being treated as a questionable death, and they are not ruling out homicide at this time. NCSO investigators continued searching the scene for more evidence Monday morning.
"We are making an educated guess at this point based on some missing people in the area, and it could be in another county," Bridges said.