Skeletal remains were found at the bottom of a 20 foot water well next to an abandoned house in Kent County, just outside of Jayton. Kent County is 100 miles southeast of Lubbock.
Jayton is a small town of 513 people, where the city streets are quite and so are the rural dirt roads. But it was eerily quiet at a rural abandoned house and the echoes of death are between the walls of this 20 foot water well.
"We received information about skeletal remains in Kent County through another investigation," said Kent County Sheriff Billy Scogin.
That person, who Scogin will not name, told investigators last Monday the body could be found in the county. But for five days, investigators had to think about where to start in a 900 square mile county. They started in the northeast portion first.
"This area is very rural. It's mostly abandoned houses. The deputy took it upon himself and started walking through each of the houses to see what he could find," said Scogin.
Five days after the tip, they searched two abandoned homes. But it was the struck of luck they found the remains at the bottom of an obscure water well. Sheriff Scogin says they believe the body was from a small framed person and has been there for several years.
This small town of 513 people are already talking. "It has shocked everybody in this town to know a person ended up in a cistern for that long," said 71 year-resident Russell Wright.
Kent County investigators believe the remains do not belong to missing teen Joanna Rogers or Jennifer Wilkerson. The Lubbock Medical Examiner will start the identification process on Tuesday. Investigators expect to know more information this week.
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