Hewitt Police seek to identify remains found in 1978

Hewitt Police are asking for your help in solving a nearly 4-decade old murder.

HEWITT - The Texas Department of Public Safety and the Hewitt Police Department want the public's help to identify a man whose remains were found in 1978 in Hewitt.

The man’s body was found  on April 3, 1978 in a drainage culvert underneath FM 2113, just east of the intersection with FM 1695 in Hewitt.

He was the victim of homicide and had been killed within a few days of the body being discovered.

A DPS/Texas Rangers’ forensic artist was able to develop drawings of the victim, his tattoos and his clothing based on crime scene and morgue photographs.

The victim was white, 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighed about 128 pounds, with brown eyes and shoulder-length light brown hair, a moustache and a small goatee.

At the time of his death, he was wearing Levi’s jeans, brown boots and a long-sleeved shirt with a dark blue/white floral pattern.  He was also wearing a white puka shell necklace with black beads.  A silver-colored “Snoopy” medallion was found at the scene.

The victim had three crude tattoos: a cross inside the shape of a heart on his upper left arm, the word “Peace” on his left forearm in capital letters , and the letters “RB” on his upper right arm.

For more information related to this case or to see additional images of items found with the remains, visit the DPS Missing & Unidentified Persons Clearinghouse website.

Anyone with information about any missing person matching this description should contact Hewitt Police Department Sgt. Chad Kasting at (254) 666-6272 or the Missing Persons Clearinghouse at (800) 346-3243.

DPS encourages anyone with a missing relative from any time period to submit a familial reference sample of DNA by contacting the agency that investigated the disappearance.

The process is simple and free, usually consisting of a simple cheek-swabbing, but must be done via a law enforcement agency.

(© 2016 KCEN)


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