Human Skeleton Found Near Buffalo Springs Lake - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/30/05

Human Skeleton Found Near Buffalo Springs Lake

Lubbock authorities are processing human remains found today near the rugged terrain by Buffalo Springs Lake. Nearly 24 hours ago, investigators found a human skull just feet away from today's skeletal remains.

Crime scene tape marks the site on county road 835, just east of the Lake's entrance. Friday, K-9 units from Amarillo, Texas Rangers, the DA's office, and Lubbock Sheriff's combed the area for clues, and their efforts have been successful.

The discovery of a human skull lead investigators to this area, where nearly 20 hours later, they found what could be the rest of the skeleton. "The body was found in proximity to where the skull had been discovered," said Sheriff David Gutierrez.

A canine cadaver unit, along with Texas Rangers, the DA's office, and Lubbock County Sheriff's started a line search, and that's when they saw the remains. "The remains were covered under natural brush/ debris. We also know natural elements may have taken a toll on the victim," said Sheriff Gutierrez.

The Sheriff's Department say early evidence shows that the area where the body was dropped, may not necessarily be the scene of the crime.

LSO cannot speculate on the identity of the remains, but they have called the families of both missing girls, Joanna Rogers, and Jennifer Wilkerson. "We have several priority cases, the missing girls have been high all along. This is up on top and we are trying to get information as rapidly as possible," said Sheriff Gutierrez.

There are still many pieces missing from this puzzle, like how long the body was there, if the remains are male or female, the age of the victim, the cause of death, and of course the identity of the victim.

They do not know how long this process will take, but the Sheriff's Department is working closely with an anthropologist out of Dallas and the medical examiner's office to try and determine the identity as soon as possible.

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