Body found on Highway 110 identified as missing teen from Whitehouse
POSTED: Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 12:20pm
UPDATED: Friday, March 21, 2014 - 3:44pm
Whitehouse, Texas (KETK) — The Smith County Sheriff's Office has revealed the body of a male found in a wooded area off Highway 110 near Whitehouse is missing 14-year-old, Jacob Hamilton Garrett.
On Thursday, the Smith County Sheriff's Office received word from the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Science in Dallas that dental records provided match the body found on March 17. The family has been notified of the positive identification.
Garrett was found in a wooded area behind Nipper's Quality Auto Works just north of County Road 2125, or Moser Lane, at around 2:18 p.m., Monday afternoon.
The body was found by an employee at the auto shop who was working on a fence, said Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith. Garrett was fully clothed and in a decomposed state, sitting against a tree.
At a 2:30 p.m. press conference, Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith stated the boy lived about a mile and half from the area his body was found.
The teenager was reported missing by his family on February 13 of this year. Officials had received reports from his school that he had been texting fellow students, but there were never any confirmed sightings of Garrett. It's possible Garrett's body had been at the location of his discovery since the day of his disappearance, said Sheriff Smith.
The autopsy revealed that no apparent foul play was involved, however toxicology and other test results are pending and could take several weeks to determine the cause of death. Nothing at the scene indicated a suicide, according to Sheriff Smith.
Whitehouse ISD released the following statement:
Whitehouse ISD was saddened to learn of the death of Jacob Hamilton Garrett, a seventh grade student at Whitehouse Jr. High School. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to his family. Counseling services will be available for students and staff as needed.