CENTER, TX (KTRE) - A hip replacement medical device found in the human remains discovered in Center on Sept. 1 has led to the person's identification.
According to a press release issued Thursday, the Center Police Department received a 911 call on Sept. 1 at about 8:07 p.m. from a land owner, who said that while they were walking their dog in the back yard, they found a human skull and bones.
"Center Police Detectives Stroud and Haley responded to the residence where it was confirmed that the bones were in fact human," the press release stated. "Upon further Investigation by Detectives Stroud and Haley, Detective Sgt. Faulkner and Texas Ranger Travis Brazil and DPS, more of the remains were recovered at the scene."
The remains were taken to the UNT Health Science Center in Denton.
A hip replacement medical device found in the remains led to authorities identifying the remains as that of Richard Vance Ethridge, 41, of Center. Ethridge had been missing since July 4.
"The cause of death is undetermined at this time pending the report from the UNT Health Science Center," the press release."