WACO (October 7, 2013)—Forensic artist Suzanne Baldon, a criminal justice and anthropology instructor at McLennan Community College, has created a face for a homicide victim whose skull was found last month behind a local family’s home.
The residents found the man’s skeletal remains on Sept. 6 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 off Old Temple Road.
Hewitt Police Chief Jim Devlin got his first look at the reconstruction Monday.
Somewhere, somebody's going to recognize this person and give us a call,” he said.
“The investigation is still an uphill battle but this helps out a lot,” he said.
Baldon, who has been reconstructing faces since 1996, applied tissue-depth markers at key points on the skull and used those as a guide for sculpting the lifelike face.
She determined the man suffered a broken nose at some point.
"It’s clear he had had a broken nose before death and that it had healed but that allows us to get a pretty exact look at how his nose really was,” she said.
“I just hope that someone recognizes this person and calls the proper authorities so the family can have closure on this death,” she said.
The homicide victim was 45 to 55 years of age, and was 5-foot-3 to 5-foot-5.
The other man, whose skull was not found, was 5-foot-10 to 6-foot-3.
Devlin believes the two men died in 2012 or early this year.
Investigators are trying to determine whether they died where the remains were found or whether the bodies were dumped in the heavily wooded area, he said.
Investigators are asking anyone who recognizes the man to call the Hewitt Police Department at (254) 666-6272.