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Authorities seek ID of body found in Palo Pinto County

The Palo Pinto County Sheriff's Department and the Texas Rangers have a mystery on their hands and they are seeking help from the public in identifying a man whose skeletal remains were found in December 2006.

The agencies have released a forensic drawing in hopes that someone might recognize the man.

The remains were found on private property near North Farm Road 4, just north of the town of Palo Pinto, according to a release from the DPS.

Investigators believe the man died between 1998 and 2005, according to the release.

Two facial reproductions were developed by the Rangers’ forensic artist, Suzanne Birdwell, using the man's skull and other evidence, the release stated.

The man is believed to be Hispanic, 45 to 65 years old, 5-feet-1-inch to 5-feet-4-inches tall, according to the release. He had a poorly healed fracture to his right cheekbone and a possibly crooked or asymmetrical nose, the release state.

Among other items found with the remains were:

  • Remnants of Wrangler blue-jeans with the letters “T HOWARD” written in red on the inside of one of the pockets and in black, “Howard” inside another pocket.
  • A simple copper band ring, size 6, with a dark green inlay that possibly is enamel.
  • A black sole and tongue from a “Riddell”-brand shoe, size 10½.
  • A key ring with a military-style can opener, fingernail clippers, small “skeleton key” and a snap-style hasp.
  • Authorities are asking anyone who has a missing relative who might fit this description to submit a DNA sample with law enforcement. Contact Texas Ranger Sgt. Russ Authier at 940-325-6903, Ext. 7, or the DPS Unidentified Persons and DNA Unit at 1-800-346-3243 to submit a sample.

    Persons can also contact Palo Pinto County Sheriff's Cpt. Craig Goen at 940-659-2085 to provide information.