Human remains said to be decades old
Polk County Enterprise, March 2007
LIVINGSTON – After human remains were found near the Trinity River in the Holiday Lakes Estates subdivision, Polk County sheriff’s deputies made grid search of the area Wednesday, but found no additional bones, Capt. Rickie Childers said.
Deputies were called to the site Jan. 18 and 31 and collected two human skulls and a leg bone from area.
The bones were sent to forensic anthropologists at the University of North Texas. Experts determined the bones were several decades old and classified them as historical remains, Childers said.
Volunteers from the Holiday Lakes and Livingston fire departments joined in the search last week, Childers said.
“The anthropologist said the remains had been submerged under water for a long time,” Childers said. “The recovery site is a low-lying area that gets flooded from time to time by the Trinity River.”
That evaluation confirms investigators’ theory that the remains have been washed from a burial site near the river.
Anyone who knows of unmarked graves or abandoned cemeteries in the area can contact the Criminal Investigations Office of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office at (936) 327-6810.