Two sets of skeletal remains were discovered in the heavily wooded area earlier this month. (File)
HEWITT (September 16, 2013)—At least one of two men whose skeletal remains were discovered earlier this month in a wooded area behind a Hewitt family’s home was the victim of a homicide, Hewitt police Chief Jim Devlin said Monday.
Devlin declined to provide further details about how the man was killed.
He said pathologists in Dallas determined that the bones were those of men who were white, American Indian, or Hispanic.
The homicide victim was about 50 years old and was 5-foot-3 to 5-foot-5.
The other man, whose skull was not found, was 5-foot-10 to 6-foot-3.
Residents found the first set of remains on Sept. 6 while walking near a creek bed in the wooded area behind their home in the 100 block of Bridle Path in Hewitt.
Police discovered a second partial set of remains the next day in a search of the area off Old Temple Road.
Devlin believes the two men died in 2012 or early this year.
Investigators are trying to determine whether they died where the remains were found or whether the bodies were dumped in the heavily wooded area, he said.
An Austin-based search and rescue team aided by four cadaver dogs came up empty in a search of the area last Wednesday, but on Friday a group of Baylor forensic science students recovered dozens more small bones, police said.