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Big Spring remains believed to be those of an elderly man

TARRANT COUNTY, TX (KCBD) -

A partially mummified skeleton found near the Big Spring airport is believed to be an elderly man.

Tarrant County Medical Examiner spokesperson Linda Anderson says the man was found fully clothed. She cannot elaborate on what type of clothing he was wearing.

She says they are working to extract DNA from the remains to determine a positive identification. They are also trying to figure out how long the body was there. Anderson says they do not know how long this could take. 

Initially, sources suspected the remains were that of missing 13-year-old Colorado City teen, Hailey Dunn. Hailey was reported missing in December of 2010. The information has renewed hope that Hailey is still alive. Volunteers have regrouped and continue to search for the missing teen. 

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety missing persons bulletin, there are five cases in Big Spring. Four of the missing persons are males. 

William "Arlin" Bynum went missing when he was 40 years old. He was last seen August 14, 2003. Authorities believe foul play was involved.

Mark Merritt went missing when he was 21. He was last seen May 1, 1982.

Russell Gray went missing when he was 32. He was last seen July 1, 1986.

Thomas Blake went missing when he was 30. He was last seen August 1, 1987. Authorities believe foul play was involved.

Stay with kcbd.com for the latest information on this case. 

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