LUBBOCK COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE IDENTIFIES TWO YEAR OLD REMAINS
FEBRUARY 20, 2008--Lubbock County Sheriff David Gutierrez announced that Sheriff's Office Investigators have identified the remains of Bernard O'Niell Wilson (DOB: 12/27/1987) after two years of investigation. Wilson is believed to have been 17 years of age at the time of his death.
On December 18, 2007 the Lubbock Sheriff's Office and Texas Rangers released the latest facial reproduction of a teenage homicide victim found in Lubbock County in December 29, 2005. On December 19, 2007 the Lubbock County Sheriff's Office was contacted by Wilson's father who believed that the reproduction looked like his son whom he had not seen for several years. As a result, DNA samples were obtained from the father and mother and submitted to University of North Texas Center for Human ID, DNA laboratory for analysis. Wilson was a Lubbock resident who had been enrolled at Coronado High School for the 2004-2005 school year.
Through the use of forensic experts, a presumptive identification based on dental examination was made late December, 2007. Today the Lubbock County Sheriff's Office received confirmation through Mitochondrial DNA Testing that matches the mother's DNA to that of the victim. Additionally, Nuclear DNA Testing indicates that the victim's DNA is consistent with the submitted family reference samples. Based on these analyses investigators conclude that the remains found in December of 2005 are those of Bernard O'Niell Wilson.
The Lubbock County Sheriff's Office, along with the Texas Rangers, will continue to investigate this case to determine the events surrounding the death of Bernard Wilson. Should anyone have any information that would assist investigators in this case, they should contact Lubbock County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Division Sergeant Terry Stephens at 806-775-1600 or Texas Ranger Sergeant Tony Arnold in Lubbock at 806-472-2885.
Sheriff Gutierrez praised the collaborative effort by multiple agencies, "Had it not been for the hard work by the investigators in this case, and the great work by the Texas Rangers' forensic artist who assisted in this case, forensic evidence would not have been available. The dental analysis by the Forensic Odontologist with the Lubbock County Medical Examiner's Office and the incredible DNA analysts at the University of North Texas Center for Human ID, DNA laboratory made this positive identification possible."