By KERRY CRAIG
News-Telegram Staff Writer
Sheriff's investigators said Monday the remains found near a State Highway 11 west residence last Wednesday are not human.
“We had two people, one doctor and one anthropologist, look at it,” Chief Investigator Lewis Tatum said Monday morning. “Texas Ranger John Vance contacted a senior anthropologist and he said it's like only the third time he had seen anything like this in his career but he does not believe this is human.”
Tatum said the anthropologists were going to do more testing to try and find out just was found and to make absolutely it was not human.
“The senior anthropologist at University of North Texas in Denton will make the final determination as to what it is,” the chief investigator said. “We've ruled out that it is human and our task is to find out just what it is.”
Sheriff's investigators, assisted by Texas Rangers and Sulphur Springs police, went to the residence near the intersection of County Road 4707 and SH 11 west Wednesday after the resident found a partial skull that had been brought to his house by his dog.
On the scene, investigators did a “grid search” of the property and were unable to find any additional remains.
By Friday, cadaver dogs especially trained to locate bodies were brought to the scene by the Texas Department of Corrections while Ranger Vance was in Denton. After initial consultations with specialists, Vance notified Tatum the remains apparently were not human and the investigation stood down.
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