The skull of a young, Hispanic female that was found near Lake Weatherford on Dec. 29, 2018, has been sent off for facial reconstruction, according to the Parker County Sheriff’s Office.
Initially the skull, which was found in the 500 block of Ragle Road, was found with what appeared to be additional human remains that were, “scattered on the southwest corner of the property in about a 50-yard radius,” Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said at the time of the discovery.
The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office determined that some of the remains actually belonged to a deer.
“In the beginning, when all of this was recovered, they found some rib bones that had cut marks — like knife cuts — on them, so initially we were thinking this woman could have been stabbed. So we were thinking homicide,” Parker County Sgt. Randy Branum said. “Once they actually sent those bones off to another lab and had them tested, the bones that had the injury marks on them came back as deer bones, so at this point we don’t have it listed as a homicide because after getting that, the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office basically ruled it as unknown. There’s no way to know that someone wasn’t walking across there and had a heart attack and died, and nobody every found them. We just don’t know. So at this point it’s just an information, missing person report.”
The skull — which was determined to belong to a Hispanic female, age in the 20s to late 30s — was found with what appeared to be a pink robe waist tie, but Branum said the sheriff’s office didn’t have luck locating a match from the DNA or the many calls received from all over the U.S.
“The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office got DNA out of it and sent it to every database known and found no matches and none of the leads we got panned out, so what they’ve done since then is they sent the skull off to have a facial reconstruction done on it,” Branum said. “So at this point it’s just sit and wait. When we get that back, hopefully someone will recognize the reconstruction and be able to identify her.”
Branum said the skull was sent off to a Texas Department of Public Safety lab, but does not have a timeframe on when the reconstruction will be complete at this time.