Investigators with the Fort Worth Police Department unearthed human remains in a rural area of south Wise County Tuesday morning.
On a rainy day, complete with thunder and hail, a Fort Worth homicide detective working with the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s anthropology team, Wise County Sheriff’s Office and Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Mandy Hays searched a pasture off County Road 4698.
The investigators quickly found what they were looking for, the body of a man buried a couple of miles west of Farm Road 51 and a few miles north of the county line.
The body is believed to be that of a Fort Worth man who was allegedly murdered sometime last summer. Positive identification of the victim and cause and manner of death will be determined by the Tarrant County Medical Examiners Office, said Corporal Tracey Knight with the Fort Worth Police Department.
Soon after the grisly discovery, police arrested Javier Hernandez, 37, in north Fort Worth on Thursday. He has been charged with murder in the case and is being held in Mansfield Law Enforcement Center on a $250,000 bond.
The case started in early August 2012, when a woman contacted the Fort Worth Police Department about her missing son. She told investigators “there were rumors on the street that her son had been killed,” Knight said.
Not much information on the case popped up until a couple of weeks ago, when a detective learned the woman’s son had possibly been shot in the 2300 block of Irion Avenue in Fort Worth and his body buried off County Road 4698 in Wise County.
The detective continued to gather evidence and ultimately, a search warrant was obtained for the property on County Road 4698.
It’s unknown at this time why the rural area in Wise County was chosen as the site to dump the body. A man living at a residence on the property where the body was found said he didn’t know anything about the investigation or the remains.