Smith County Sheriff's Office: Further testing needed on body found near I-20

Smith County Sheriff's Office: Further testing needed on body found near I-20

SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - On Tuesday, the Smith County Sheriff's Office gave an update on the human remains that were found near I-20 in November of 2017.

DNA testing on the has confirmed that the person was a man, according to Sgt. Darrell Coslin, a spokesman for the Smith County Sheriff's Office.

Coslin said that they believe the person was a black man in his 40s or 50s. However, he added that anything is possible.

The Smith County Sheriff's Office has requested further testing, but it will take months for the agency to get the results back.

Coslin said they will be entering the information at namus.gov. He said it is a database of missing persons, and it may help them find a match.

There are no current missing person cases in Smith County, Coslin said.

According to a press release, the Smith County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call reporting the discovery of a human skull near the 600 block of Interstate 20 in Smith County.

Smith County Sheriff's Patrol deputies responded to the location and met with witnesses who stated that they had found what they believe to be a human skull. Deputies secured the scene and did, in fact, recover what is believed to be human remains.

Detectives and crime scene investigators responded to assist with the investigation. Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Mitch Shamburger was notified. The recovered remains were transported to Southwest Institute of Forensic Science in Dallas for identification.

On November 12, detectives and crime scene investigators returned to the area to continue processing the scene. In an effort to process a large wooded area, the Smith County Sheriff's Office contacted the ALERT Academy for assistance in conducting the coordinated search.

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