HEWITT (April 28, 2014) The second of two men whose skeletal remains were found on Sept. 14, 2013, in a creek bed behind a home in Hewitt has been identified as Mexican national with ties to the other man.
Hewitt police Chief Jim Devlin said DNA from relatives was used to confirm that the remains were those of Pedro Ruiz-Melchor, 44, who was last seen with Erasmo Guillen-Ruiz, 44, the other man whose remains were found.
Calling the development a huge break in the case, Devlin said he hopes the new information will lead investigators to the identity of the men's killer.
Devlin said learned the identity of the second man last week.
Authorities in Arkansas, working through the Mexican Consulate, were able to find family members who provided DNA that led to the final identification, Devlin said.
Now the consulate is helping find and notify Ruiz-Melchor's family of his death.
Police know, based upon an initial autopsy report, Guillen-Ruiz died from at least one gunshot wound to the head.
But pathologists have so far been unable to identify the cause of death for Ruiz-Melchor because no skull was found with his remains.
The autopsy did show that the two men died at about the same time, Devlin said.
Police also are looking for a pickup truck that Guillen-Ruiz drove.
A facial reconstruction expert, Suzanne Boldan, who teaches in the Criminal Justice department at McLennan Community College, created a face for Guillen-Ruiz, using his skull as a guide.
Devlin says the department received some leads right after photos of the reconstruction were released, but none of them panned out.
Residents found the first set of remains 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.