Human remains found on East Texas road may be of Fort Worth man

05/24/2014 4:15 PM

05/24/2014 4:15 PM

Authorities are examining human remains found rolled up in a carpet that was dumped and burned on a rural East Texas road.

Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith says a vehicle later found ablaze Friday in nearby woods probably belonged to the victim. The owner of the vehicle is a man in his 50s from the Fort Worth area, but authorities did not release his name.

But confirming the victim’s identity will take time because only about 5 percent of the body was found in the carpet. The remains will be sent for DNA testing.

The remains and the vehicle, a Toyota FJ Cruiser, were found near Interstate 20 just north of Tyler.

Neither Smith nor the sheriff’s spokesman immediately returned a call seeking further information Saturday.

Tyler is about 95 miles southeast of Dallas.

Staff writer Taylor Prater contributed to this report.

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