Human remains found near Fort Worth medical district

01/21/2014 1:25 PM

01/21/2014 1:26 PM

Human remains of a man were found Saturday buried in a shallow grave near some railroad tracks not far from Fort Worth’s medical district.

Dr. Dana Austin, a forensic anthropologist with the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office, said Tuesday that the remains appear to be that of man age 60 or older who has been dead at least two years.

Fort Worth police officers were on routine patrol near E. Rosedale Street and the South Freeway when they were approached by a man in the parking lot of a convenience store about 5:30 p.m. The man told officers that his friend had recently told him that she had found possible human remains near the railroad tracks west of the 1000 block of Arizona Avenue, according to a police report.

Investigators with the homicide unit and from the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office were called to the scene and confirmed that the bones were human.

A team of anthropologists, led by Austin, excavated the bones Sunday and Monday. Austin said many of the remains had been buried in a shallow grave.

Homicide Sgt. Cheryl Johnson said investigators are now awaiting identification of the remains and a ruling in the cause and manner of death.

Anyone with information about the man’s possible identity is asked to call Detective Matt Barron at 817-392-4339.

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