The remains were discovered on Jan. 13, 2011 along Highway 77 in Milam County. (File)
CAMERON (April 2, 2013)--Skeletal remains that were found more than two years ago in a wooded area along U.S. Highway 77 in Milam County have been positively identified as those of Miguel Regalado-Jaramillo, 26, the Milam County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday.
Regalado-Jaramillo was a Mexican immigrant who lived on FM 979 in Milam County, authorities said.
He was identified through a badly-damaged identification card from which Department of Public Safety lab technicians were able to retrieve a name, authorities said.
The name was used to track down members of the man’s family in Mexico and the identity was confirmed through DNA tests, authorities said.
Investigators learned that Regalado-Jaramillo occasionally traveled to Mexico to visit relatives without telling anyone, the sheriff’s office said.
Those familiar with him didn’t think he was missing, but instead thought he had gone back to Mexico, the sheriff’s office said.
A man who was picking up trash on Jan. 13, 2011 along Highway 77 called authorities after he found a human skull.
Local and state investigators spent 12 hours searching the area for additional remains and evidence.
The remains were sent to the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office.
The cause of Regalado-Jaramillo’s death could not be determined.
His remains have been turned over to Jose Luis Chavez of the Consulate General’s Office of Mexico to be returned to his family, the sheriff’s office said.