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Human remains found near Cushing IDed as man missing since 2004

Justin Farrell (Source: National Missing Person Directory) Justin Farrell (Source: National Missing Person Directory)
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    Human remains found in woods near Cushing

    Monday, March 16 2015 12:55 PM EDT2015-03-16 16:55:26 GMT
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    An individual looking for his or her pet in a wooded area near Cushing stumbled across a suspicious bone late Friday night that turned out to be from human remains.More >>
    An individual looking for his or her pet in a wooded area near Cushing stumbled across a suspicious bone late Friday night that turned out to be from human remains.More >>
NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) -

A forensic test has revealed that the human remains found north of Cushing were that of a man who was last seen in Nacogdoches County in May of 2004.

According to a press release issued Thursday, the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office and the Texas Rangers started investigating the case after remains were found on March 13. The NCSO received a call that a person look for his or her pet in the woods had found a bone that was believed to be human remains.

Nacogdoches County Sheriff Jason Bridges said with the help of a forensic odontologist, authorities were able to determine that the remains were that of Justin Farrell of Nacogdoches, who was reported missing by the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office in May of 2004.

When Farrell was last seen on May 10, 2004, he was 31, according to the National Missing Person Directory. At the time, he was driving a silver 1996 Dodge Ram. The pickup has not been found yet, according to the press release.

After the sheriff's deputies and Texas Rangers conducted a thorough search of the wooded area, they quickly found other remains that were identified as human, according to a previous East Texas News story.

At the time, Bridges said evidence found at the scene raised concern that foul play could have been involved. In Thursday's press release, he said that the case is being investigated as a questionable death. The Texas Rangers are assisting in the investigation.

Anyone with any information about Farrell's disappearance is encouraged to call the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office at (936) at 560-7777 or Crime Stoppers at (936) 560-4636.

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