Body Identified as Missing Lubbock Teen - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/20/08

Body Identified as Missing Lubbock Teen

Source: Texas Rangers Source: Texas Rangers

DNA tests have confirmed the identity of the remains found in Yellow House Canyon over two years ago.

In a news conference Wednesday afternoon, the Lubbock County Sheriff's Office confirmed the remains belong to 17-year-old Bernard O'Niell Wilson.

A skull was first found December 29, 2005 on County Road 835. Authorities believe he was 17 at the time of his death. Authorities say there was evidence that this was a violent crime. Sources close to the investigation say there is evidence that Wilson had been tied up.

On December 18, 2007 a composite sketch, pictured right, was released. The next day, on December 19th, Wilson's father contacted the Lubbock County Sheriff's Office saying the reproduction looked like his son who had been missing for several years.

Now that DNA tests have revealed the remains are those of Wilson, his family hopes his killer will be found.

"No one has the right to take the life of anyone. And more importantly, the way they disposed of my brother, definitely wasn't right by any means. We just want for someone, anyone - we know someone has to know something and we're asking them to please come forward and help give information to catch who did this to him," said Wilson's sister.

NewsChannel 11 has also learned that Wilson was enrolled at Coronado High School from 2004 to 2005.

We spoke with Wilson's family Tuesday night, but decided to hold this information until it we received official confirmation from the Lubbock County Sheriff's Office.

We'll have more from the family coming up on NewsChannel 11 at 10.

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Press Release on Identification of Remains
The Lubbock County Sheriff's Office issued this press release regarding the identification of remains found in Yellow House Canyon in 2005.

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