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FBI now helping to recover body found south of Snyder


A badly decomposed body was discovered in Scurry County on Saturday afternoon.

Officials say an individual called law enforcement shortly after 1 p.m. saying a body was found near Lake J.B. Thomas located just southwest of Snyder.

Investigators couldn't say just how long the body has been there and are unable to confirm the age or gender at this time.

Because the body was decomposed and not intact, Senior DPS Trooper Sparky Dean says a specialized FBI forensics team was called out on Monday to help recover the body.

"People on the scene are taking this attitude that the individual they're working with, that it's someone's son or daughter, brother or sister, mom or dad that someone cares about. Even though we don't know who this is right now somebody needs closure," Dean said.

DPS, highway patrol, and the Scurry County Sheriff's Office are teaming up to assist with the case. Also spotted at the scene was a vehicle from the 32nd District Attorney's office. This office covers cases in Nolan, Fisher and Mitchell counties.

Missing teen Hailey Dunn is from Mitchell County. She went missing from Colorado City, TX in December of 2010 when she was just 13 years old. The location where the body was found on Saturday is just 30 miles from where Hailey went missing.

However, since the body is so badly decomposed, officials cannot give us any information on who this might be, but they say it is still an active crime scene at this time.

"If there was some foul play done we're trying to obtain any physical evidence that might be at the scene so we'll be able to put together a pretty good court case and hopefully have a good prosecution one of these days if that's where this leads," Dean said.

The sheriff's office will determine if the body will be sent to Lubbock or Fort Worth for examination. It could be days before the body is identified.

UPDATE: Investigators are using dental records to see if the remains found in Scurry County belong to missing Colorado City teen Hailey Dunn, her mother told Midland-Odessa TV station KWES Monday.


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