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Employees of a local business made a grisly discovery Tuesday afternoon on the McMahon-Wrinkle Airpark, as human remains were found in a pasture near the 2500 block of Apron Drive.
According to Sgt. Tony Everett, public information officer for the Big Spring Police Department, the discovery was made at approximately 2:30 p.m.
â€śInvestigators have confirmed the remains are human,â€ť Everett said, â€śhowever, due to the condition of them nothing else can really be established at this time, including age or gender.â€ť
Everett said the scene was secured after the discovery was made and a evidence recovery team was expected to arrive this morning.
â€śA team from the Federal Bureau of Investigation office in Dallas is to begin analyzing the evidence and processing the scene,â€ť Everett said.
There are at least two high-profile missing person cases in the Crossroads area, both of which are being thrust into the media spotlight with word of Tuesday's discovery.
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, located 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.
Repeated searches of Big Spring fields, pastures and scrublands have yet to turn up any indication what happened to the Big Spring man, according to Big Spring police officials.
Also missing is Hayley Dunn of Colorado City, who was 13 at the time she disappeared. The teen was last seen in Colorado City on Dec. 27, 2010, when she told a family friend â€” former Big Spring resident Shawn Adkins â€” she was going to her father's home nearby and then on to spend the night at a friend's home.
According to investigators, she did neither. Billie Dunn, the girl's mother, said she last saw her daughter at home the night of Dec. 26, nearly two days before she was reported missing.
Whether or not the remains found Tuesday belong to either Bynum or Dunn, however, is unknown.
â€śThe gender and identification of the remains are unknown at this time,â€ť Everett said. â€śAll we really know right now is they have been there for a very long time. We'll have more to go on once the FBI team from Dallas is finished with the scene, but for now we don't really any more than that.â€ť
According to witnesses at the scene Tuesday, the remains were discovered by employees of Desert Tank, which maintains at least two locations on the airpark.