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Mystery surrounds body found in woods

By Brandon Evans | Published Wednesday, August 8, 2012

HAUNTING SCENE – Two people discovered human remains in a wooded area south of Newark last Thursday. Investigators are waiting for the medical examiner to determine the identity of the victim or cause of death. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

A decomposing body was discovered on an overgrown lot near an empty, dilapidated home close to Eagle Mountain Lake, a couple miles south of Newark late Thursday afternoon.

{{{*}}}Although investigators have an idea who the person might be and that they are probably a victim of a homicide, they aren’t releasing details until confirmed by the medical examiner’s office.

“We are going to be surprised if the medical examiner does not rule it a homicide based on physical evidence that was found at the scene,” said Terry Grisham, spokesperson for Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office.

A pair of women found the remains at 5 p.m. in a lot in the 5400 block of Crest Drive, a street located off Farm Road 1220, a mile-and-a-half south of Kenneth Copeland Ministries.

“It was found by passersby,” Grisham said. “It was way back in the woods. Two women were walking through the area looking for scrap metal.”

A neighbor said the remains were wrapped in carpet. They said it’s hard to know who it might be or who might be missing because people in the neighborhood move in and out so frequently. Investigators scoured the area until after midnight.

The rotted remains were so decomposed they were unidentifiable.

They were sent to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s office to determine details about the victim, such as sex and age, and the cause of death. The office’s forensic anthropologist, Dr. Dana Austin, will probably have to use DNA evidence to confirm the victim.

It might take weeks before she can positively identify the victim and the cause of death.

Grisham said they don’t know how long the body had been there.

The neighborhood where the body was found was heavily wooded with oaks and brambles. Several homes surrounding the lot where the body was found appeared abandoned and dilapidated. One neighbor living adjacent to the area where the body was found said she had no idea what could have happened.

The property owner did not respond when contacted by the Messenger.

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