James Marshal Woodfin (File)
MERIDIAN (November 28, 2012)--Some bones found in a field near Meridian have been sent to a North Texas university in an effort to determine if they are human remains.
Bosque County sheriff's Investigator Clint Pullin told News 10 Thursday that a dog found two bones on Nov. 19 in a field that’s just 600 yards from a house from which a Meridian man disappeared more than five months ago.
James Marshal Woodfin, 50, was last seen at 9 a.m. on June 18 at his residence at Private Road 2610.
Pullin said after the bones were recovered they were sent to a local hospital where medical professionals said they believe the bones were human but could not officially confirm that.
The two bones initially recovered included a pelvis and what appeared to be a thighbone.
Deputies called Texas Rangers, who brought in cadaver dogs to search for more remains and eventually recovered more bones but the bones recovered did not include a skull.
Pullin said all the bones were sent to the University of North Texas where forensic scientists are working to confirm whether they are human and if they are found to be, DNA testing will be performed to try to identify the remains.
Deputies would not say they believe the bones to be remains of Woodfin and that can only be confirmed by DNA testing.
Deputies have conducted several searches, both in daylight and after dark, in and around the place where Woodfin was last seen.