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Body discovered in shallow grave near house


A mobile command center, on loan from the City of Wichita Falls, and a Clay County Sheriff's Deputy vehicle are parked near an abandoned home on FM 2332 Wednesday. The body of a person believed to be the victim of a murder at the home was discovered nearby Wednesday afternoon.

By Matt Kelton
Pioneer Sentinel

The body of a person believed to be the victim of a murder south of Petrolia about five years ago has been located near an abandoned house on FM 2332.

Sheriff Kenny Lemons said the body was discovered sometime between 3 and 3:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon at a location southeast of the house.

Lemons said the body was buried in a shallow grave, about two feet deep. The grave is located on property under the same ownership as the house, near a salt flat about one-quarter mile from the house.

Lemons said the house had been used as a rental property before it was abandoned, and that the owners of the property are not suspects.

Authorities located the area through a number of interviews conducted during the investigation.

A caller tipped off investigators several weeks ago about a possible homicide at the house dating back five to seven years. Tuesday afternoon, the CCSO executed a search warrant at the property, seizing evidence that made the tip credible.

“The investigation revealed enough facts and details that it led to the execution of a search warrant yesterday afternoon,” Lemons said Wednesday morning. “We have recovered some evidence that confirms the info received.”

The body has been sent to the forensics anthropology department at the University of North Texas in Denton for identification, a process Lemons said might be completed as soon as tomorrow afternoon.

The remains are believed to be that of a male between 30 and 40 years old.

‘We don’t know who he is,” said Lemons. “But we do know about where he used to live, and about what he used to do.”


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