POSTED: Friday, May 23, 2014 - 3:14pm
UPDATED: Saturday, May 24, 2014 - 6:45pm
Tyler (KETK) — The Smith County Sheriff's Office is investigating human remains in burned carpeting Friday morning. Officials are also asking for the public's help in this case.
At 7:07 a.m., Smith County dispatchers received a 911 call regarding an object wrapped in carpet which was smoldering and lying in the road on CR 371, north of FM 1252 in the northeastern part of Smith County. A responding deputy arrived on scene at 7:33 a.m. and reported apparent human remains wrapped in carpet.
Detectives responded to the scene, as well as Justice of the Peace Precinct 4 Mitch Shamburger. At this time, the body has not been found, therefore the victim has not been identified. A second caller told authorities she saw a white older model SUV near the scene.
“It appears we could potentially have as many as three separate crime scenes associated with this investigation,”said Sheriff Larry Smith. “We have recovered only a small portion of human remains at this time, which appear to be remnants of the suspects cleaning up a crime scene which more than likely occurred within a residential structure”. “This is what the evidence recovered so far at the scene on Smith County Road 371 indicates to detectives”.
Smith also told KETK there is a possibility of three separate crimes scenes: where the crime was committed initially, the scene of the burned remains and location of the rest of the body. About five percent of the body was found at the scene and Smith said he will not confirm what body parts were found, but can say the person who they belong to is dead. The remains shed no light on the ethnicity, sex or age of the person.
The sheriff's office is seeking the assistance from citizens regarding any information they may have of this crime or a potential location where it took place. Please contact Detective Sergeant Clint Benson at (903) 566-6600 should you wish to provide information.
Additionally, if you would like to remain anonymous, please contact Smith County Crime Stoppers at (903) 597-2833.
For more information on the Smith County Sheriff’s Office, visit www.smith-county.com/so . The Sheriff’s Office also has a Facebook page and can be followed on Twitter at @SmithCSO.