Dogs Will Search Area Where Skeletal Remains Found

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HEWITT (September 9, 2013)---Specially-trained dogs will be brought in this week to search a wooded area near a creek bed behind a Hewitt family’s home where the skeletal remains of two people were discovered, Hewitt police chief Jim Devlin said Monday.

(Photo by Jim Peeler)

Devlin met Monday with a team of investigators to discuss how to proceed.

"Let’s check the missing person registry, sex offenders in the area and nearby police departments to see if they have any cases that may match this find,” he told the investigators Monday.

The dogs will be brought in on Thursday, and then next week investigators will again comb the area off Bagby Avenue.

”We don’t want to bring in a bunch of people to contaminate the crime scene until after the dogs complete their search,” he said.

For the time being, the area where the bones were found near the 100 block of Bridle Trail, will remain cordoned off.

Authorities hope medical examiners will be able to identify the remains and to determine how the two people died.

Jason Gilstrap found the first set of remains Friday evening while walking in the wooded area behind his home.

The residents said they first noticed a foul odor coming from the area in January.

Police found the second set of remains during a search of the area Saturday.