West Texas Authorities Working to Identify Body

Processing evidence could take several weeks, officials say

Thursday, Mar 22, 2012  |  Updated 9:03 AM CDT
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West Texas Authorities Working to Identify Body

Officials have not yet determined the identity of the remains.

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Authorities are still trying to identify human remains found in a West Texas pasture.

Mitchell County Sheriff Patrick Toombs says it could take several weeks to process evidence collected at the site near the Big Spring airport.

But he told the Abilene Reporter-News that a preliminary report could come sooner.

The FBI is analyzing the evidence after some workers found the remains Tuesday. The gender and age of the person who died are unknown.

Big Spring Police Sgt. Tony Everett said Wednesday that the remains appeared to have been there a long time.

He said some of the remains appeared partially mummified. He did not say how long it would take or how weather conditions would affect the decaying process.

Big Spring is about 100 miles southeast of Lubbock.

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