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Officials with the Big Spring Police Department say the human remains found on the McMahon-Wrinkle Airpark Tuesday are male, eliminating any possibility they were of Hailey Dunn, the missing Colorado City teenager.
According to Sgt. Tony Everett, public information officer with the BSPD, the autopsy on the remains began Friday morning in Fort Worth.
â€śThe autopsy is being conducted by the Tarrant County Medical Examinerâ€™s Office,â€ť Everett said. â€śDet. George Oliver of the BSPD was in attendance for the autopsy and it has been determined the remains are male. However, as of this time nothing else has been determined.â€ť
Everett said investigators donâ€™t anticipate releasing any further information in the case until the autopsy has been completed and the preliminary autopsy report is provided by the medical examiner.
Law enforcement officials were called to an area in the 2500 block of Apron Drive on the McMahon-Wrinkle Airpark Tuesday afternoon when employees of Desert Tank discovered the remains.
â€śThe remains were found by workers in the area,â€ť Everett said. â€śThe area where the remains were found was fenced and gated, but it could have been accessed. 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 isnâ€™t often traveled.â€ť
The discovery of the remains quickly gained national attention due to several high-profile ongoing missing person cases in the Crossroads area, including the Dunn who disappeared from her home Dec. 27, 2010.
While questions regarding the possibility the remains were that of Dunn swirled ,law enforcement officials repeatedly warned against getting ahead of the analysis of the evidence in the case.
â€śAll we can really do right now is wait and see what the evidence tells us,â€ť Everett said after an FBI evidence recovery team from Dallas finished processing the scene Wednesday. â€śUntil the pathologists give us more information to go on, trying to say these remains belong to any of these missing persons is merely speculation.â€ť
While Fridayâ€™s determination rules out Dunn, at least two other missing person cases are being spotlighted by the media as the wait for more information goes on.
Arlin Bynum, who was 40 years old at the time of his disappearance, was last seen Aug. 14, 2003, in the vicinity of the San Franciscan Bar and Grill in downtown Big Spring. According to police reports, witnesses claim he left the establishment late in the evening, supposedly accompanied by another man who has never been identified. Bynumâ€™s truck was later found near the bar.
The oldest of the cases, however, is that of Bobby Marquez Jr., who has been missing approximately 14 years. In December 2006, the Texas Rangers, assisted by the BSPD and other law enforcement agencies, excavated a cement slab in the 1000 block of N.W. Second Street in hopes of recovering Marquezâ€™s remains. However, no body was found during the search, according to BSPD officials.
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