Skeletal Remains Found On Local Ranch Identified

The remains were discovered in September 2013 on a ranch near Valley Mills. (File)
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VALLEY MILLS (February 25, 2014) Skeletal remains found in September 2013 on a ranch near Valley Mills have been identified as those of a China Spring man, but there's still no indication how he died.

The remains were identified as Zachary O'Banion, 27, who lived in the China Spring area, McLennan County Sheriff's deputy Capt. Bubba Collier said Tuesday.

Specialists at the Southwest Institute of Forensic Science used a DNA comparison to identify the remains, Collier said.

Chief McLennan County Deputy Matt Cawthon confirmed at the time that investigators recovered a weapon at the scene.

The sheriff's office was notified around noon on Sept. 14, 2013, after the landowners found the remains on their property off Hog Creek Road south of the Valley Mills Airport.

Investigators said the man was not associated with the property where his remains were found and they are still looking into how the bones ended up on the ranch.

Collier said Tuesday there is no indication of foul play and the incident is not being investigated as a murder.