RECAP: How skeletal remains could help solve a 2015 Midland County cold case

Law enforcement discovered the remains Sunday afternoon

MIDLAND COUNTY, Texas (Local 2/Fox 24) - Crews are now hard at work in Midland County after the possible remains from a 2015 cold case are thought to be found.

"We went out into the location of the 5000 block of West County Road 116. They walked out the 18 acres that is located there," says Midland County Sheriff Gary Painter.

There the Midland County Sheriff's Office, with the help of the Texas Rangers and other agencies, narrowed the search down to a 20 ft. wide hole.

After more than a day of digging, they found skeletal remains which they believe could be connected to 2015 case in which two teenagers went missing.

"We immediately stopped excavating, moved the machinery back and roped off the area with crime scene tape. It is now a crime scene for a homicide," says Painter. 

While law enforcement only found one skeleton, they believe the other is close by. Crews have also been working non-stop at the scene, bringing in different digging equipment including excavators.

Neighbors say the situation is anything but ordinary.

"Our homes are very peaceful, and this is not normal," says Manny Marufo, a local neighbors who lives near the scene.

And along with law enforcement, the neighbors want to see justice served.

"The ability for us to give their family back their loved one is a tremendous feat," says Midland County District Attorney Laura Nodolf. "Hopefully if we do develop the suspect, then we will be able to apprehend them, and I will be more than happy to try them for murder."

Right now the sheriff's office says this investigation is ongoing, and they are working "slowly and methodically" to get everything right.

"It's very shocking, I'm speechless, that's it," says Marufo.

In a news release, the sheriff's office says the current suspect is no longer in Midland County. As for the skeletal remains, they've been sent to the Tarrant County Medical examiners office for identification.


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