HEWITT (January 8, 2014) Police in Hewitt announced Wednesday they have positively identified one of two sets of bones found in a Hewitt field last September through a national DNA databank.
Hewitt police Chief James Devlin said scientists at the University of North Texas submitted DNA from the bones to a databank maintained by the FBI and the results showed they belonged to Erasmo Guillen-Ruiz, 44, of Mexico.
Devlin said establishing Guillen-Ruiz’s identity hopefully will lead to the identity of the second body found at the same location and then to the killer.
Devlin said the identity is a huge break in the case for Hewitt police.
“We're very confident that this case is going to get solved...this piece of information is enormous for us,” Devlin said in an exclusive interview with News 10 Wednesday morning.
“As of a month ago, we were treading water, and we had almost nothing,” Devlin said.
Devlin said police learned the identity last month but did not release it so investigators could contact Guillen-Ruiz’s family.
Ruiz closely resembles the reconstructed bust of the skull that was found by people who live nearby.
But the DNA match tied up the loose ends in the identity case, he said.
“This is great!”, Devlin said.
“Its fantastic for this department and what this shows is that we've done the right thing and handled the case in the way it Needs to be handled."
"In order to bring the (responsible) individual to justice, to bring justice to the family or Mr Guillen-Ruiz, we cant stop," Devlin said Wednesday.
Police know, based upon an initial autopsy report, Guillen-Ruiz died from at least one gunshot wound to the head.
Since there was no skull discovered with the other set of bones, medical examiners have not yet been able to determine how that person died, but his death, too, is classified as a homicide.
Devlin said he and other investigators soon will head to Dallas to interview family members to try to gather more information about Guillen-Ruiz that might lead to the identity of the other remains and hopefully to the killer.
Police also are looking for a pick up truck that Guillen-Ruiz drove.
Guillen-Ruiz’s body was found September 16 2013, behind a trailer park off Bagby Avenue in Hewitt.
A facial reconstruction expert, Suzanne Boldan, who teaches in the Criminal Justice department at McLennan Community College, created a face for one of the two victims, using the skull as a guide.
The other man, whose skull was not found, was 5-foot-10 to 6-foot-3.
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.