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Autopsy results may take time

March 27, 2012

Law enforcement officials say it could be some time before pathology reports are back and investigators have more information on the human remains found March 20 at McMahon-Wrinkle Airpark.

According to Sgt. Tony Everett, public information officer with the BSPD, the investigation is ongoing.

“It could be three or four weeks, or it could be two or three months. There's really no way to know how long it will take to get results back at this point,” Everett said. “All we can do right now is wait for the reports.”

The autopsy was conducted on the remains last week by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office in Fort Worth, at which time Everett said preliminary examinations revealed the corpse to be male in gender.

Law enforcement officials were called to an area in the 2500 block of Apron Drive on the McMahon-Wrinkle Airpark, south of the Hangar 25 Air Museum, after workers in the area stumbled upon the remains.

“The area where the remains were found was fenced and gated, but it could have been accessed,” Everett said. “The body was obscured, but at least part of it was visible, which is what the workers saw, causing them to call 911. It was an area that isn't often traveled.”

The discovery of the remains gained national attention due to several missing person cases in the Crossroads area, including the plight of Colorado City teen Hailey Dunn who disappeared from her home Dec. 27, 2010.

However, since the gender of the remains has been established as male and Dunn ruled out, law enforcement officials said this week national focus seems to have lost interest in the case.

At least two other missing person cases are being recalled as the wait for more information goes on.

Forty-year-old Arlin Bynum was last seen Aug. 14, 2003, in the vicinity of the San Franciscan Bar and Grill, located in downtown Big Spring. And Bobby Marquez Jr. has been missing approximately 14 years.

Local law enforcement officials have also suggested the remains might not be tied to a missing person case at all, and could possibly be that of a transient.

Everett said until the pathology reports are back, attempts to tie the remains to any open investigations are merely speculation.

“Until the pathologists give us more information to go on, trying to say these remains belong to any of these missing persons is merely speculation,” Everett said.

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