DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS(013018) – POSSIBLE HOMICIDE AT 5000 BLOCK OF WCR 116 MIDLAND

MIDLAND COUNTY, TEXAS/JANUARY 30, 2018 – MIDLAND COUNTY SHERIFF, GARY PAINTER ANNOUNCED ON MONDAY, JANUARY 29TH THE DISCOVERY OF HUMAN SKELETAL REMAINS IN A LAND PIT IN THE 5000 BLOCK OF WEST COUNTY ROAD 116.

ONE RESIDENT SAW PEOPLE AT THE LOCATON THREE WEEKS PRIOR TO THIS PAST WEEKEND’S DISCOVERY.

(LUIS LOPEZ, RESIDENT AT WEST COUNTY ROAD 116)

“ESTABAN VOLANDO UN DRONE, ESTABAN TOMANDO FOTOS. ESTABAN VIENDO.”

(TRANSLATION) “THEY WERE FLYING A DRONE, THEY WERE TAKING PICTURES, THEY WERE LOOKING AROUND THE AREA.”

INVESTIGATORS RECEIVED INFORMATION AND BEGAN CHECKING OUT LEADS THAT DIRECTED OFFICERS TO A PROPERTY AT THE WEST COUNTY ROAD 116 LOCATION. THE MIDLAND COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE ALONG WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE TEXAS RANGERS, MIDLAND DISTRICT ATTORNY LAURA NODOLF CONTACTED MARK 9, A K-9 SEARCH AND RESCUE TEAM FROM STEPHENVILLE TO ASSIST WITH THE INVESTIGATION BEGINING LAST SATURDAY MORING, JANUARY 27TH.

(SHERIFF GARY PAINTER, MIDLAND COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE)

“9:00 O’CLOCK SUNDAY MORNING THE K-9 UNITS CAME BACK OUT, RAN THE DOGS BACK OVER CERTAIN AREAS. THE DOGS WENT TO THIS PARTICULAR AREA, AND THE DOGS, THREE OF THEM GOT DOWN AND STARTED DIGGING, WHENEVER THEY GOT THE SMELL. THAT WAS A POSITIVE HIT”

MIDLAND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT DIRECTOR, DALE LITTLE, REACHED OUT TO GABE MCCLELLAND, THE CITY OF MIDLAND TRANSPORTANTION MANAGER FOR A LARGER MACHINE THAT WOULD MOVE MORE DEBRIS.

(SHERIFF GARY PAINTER, MIDLAND COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE)

“THE INVESTIGATORS WERE ON THE FLOOR OF THE PIT AND WE’RE DIGGING AROUND WITH SHOVELS AND RAKES, KIND’VE LOOKING, AND THEY FOUND A SKELETAL FOOT STICKING UP OUT OF THE GROUND, AS THEY MOVE THE DIRT. THE SKELETAL FOOT CAME UP. WE IMMEADIATELY STOPPED EXCAVATING AND MOVED THE MACHINERY BACK. WE ROPPED OFF THE AREA WITH CRIME SCENE TAPE. AND NOW IT IS A CRIME SCENE FOR A HOMICIDE.”

SHERIFF PAINTER SAID THAT THE SKELETAL REMAINS WILL BE SENT TO TARRANT COUNTY TO A FORENSIC ANTHROPOLOGIST TO FIND OUT THE IDENTITY OF THE VICTIM AND HOW THE PERSON DIED.

(SHERIFF GARY PAINTER, MIDLAND COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE)

THIS WILL TIE BACK TO A CASE THAT WE HAD BACK IN 2015. WE HAD TWO TEENAGERS COME UP MISSING. WE HAD THEIR FAMILIES GET IN TOUCH WITH US. THEY NOTIFIED US ASKED US TO DO A SEARCH. WE STARTED SEACHING. WE FOUND AN INDIVIDUAL IN A HOUSE THAT HAD SOME OF THEIR PROPERTY. WE COUNLD NOT FIND THE TEENAGERS, WE HAD NOTHING TO GO ON. AND WE BELIEVE, WE PRAY THAT THIS CASE WILL TIE BACK TO THAT, AND THAT WE POSSITIVELY IDENTIFY.

DNA OF THE PARENTS OF THE MISSING TEENAGERS HAS BEEN COLLECTED.

(SHERIFF GARY PAINTER, MIDLAND COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE)

“WHAT WE HAVE TO WAIT ON NOW IS THE FORENSIC ANTHROPOLOGY TO RECOVER ANY DNA THAT THEY CAN SO THAT WE CAN DO A COMPRABLE…DO A COMPARISON WITH THE DNA TO SEE IF THERE’S A MATCH.”

(LUIS LOPEZ, RESIDENT OF WEST COUNTY ROAD 116)

LUIS LOPEZ SAYS THAT THE NEIGHBORHOOD HAS ALWAYS BEEN  VERY QUIET.

“ESTA ES UNA AREA QUE PARESE MUY TRANQUILA. TRANQUILA. NUNCA SE HA MIRAO ALGO ASI.NUNCA. NADA, NADA, NADA. NUNCA. ES RARO DE VER UN POLICIA ENTRAR POR AQUI. PURA GENTE CONOSIDA. PURO AMIGOS AQUI.”

(TRANSLATION) “THIS IS A VERY QUIET PLACE. VERY PEACEFUL. I’VE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THIS. NEVER, NEVER, NEVER. IT’S RARE TO SE A POLICE OFFICER HERE. WE ALL KNOW EACH OTHER. LOTS FRIENDS HERE.”

THE ESCAVATION CONTINUES.

FOR DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS, DANNY BARRERA.

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Author: Danny Barrera