New developments in the investigation into remains found near Buffalo Springs Lake. The Lubbock medical examiner's office now believes the remains belong to someone who was killed. NewsChannel 11's Jennifer Vogel found out what the next step is in finding out the identity of the remains.
The medical examiner said they had all the remains they needed to help identity the young man that was found in the area. The sheriff's office on the other hand, might still be looking at evidence to see how this crime unraveled. Right now the medical examiner said it is still under investigation, and could only say the bones they found suffered traumatic violence. Medical Examiner Sridhar Natarajan says, "When we give the cause of death, it will be violence. We should have it out soon, and the manner on it should be a homicide."
After 11 days of trying to piece together an identity, the only thing we do know for sure is that Joanna Rogers and Jennifer Wilkerson have not been found. Not only are the two high-profile cases still open, now investigators believe another crime took place, one they might not have even known about. "Some of the things we saw on these bones certainly makes us feel that there was some sort of violence involved in the demise of the individual."
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After carefully cleaning the bones and putting them back together, the medical examiner can give a preliminary identification, saying the bones belonged to a male between the ages of 12-to-19, standing 5'6" to 5'9" tall, and weighing between 150-to-180 pounds. They also found dark curly hair. "We may be able to work with DPS to reconstruct the skull and try to figure out the facial features."
The big missing piece here is still the identity. DNA from hair and soft tissue that was found has been sent to Dallas to be processed in the national missing persons database. But if the young man was never reported missing, authorities will have to start back from square one. The medical examiner said if there is a matching DNA, we could know the identity by the end of February.