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Ector County Authorities Unveil Reconstructed Face of Body Found in June

By: Julia Deng
NewsWest 9

ECTOR COUNTY - The Ector County Sheriff's Office unveiled a forensic facial reconstruction model Monday as part of their latest effort to identify human remains found near Damascus Avenue in June.

A team of forensic experts in Waco examined skeletal patterns, such as variations in skull thickness, to create the three-dimensional clay model of what they believe the deceased man's face looked like.

According to Sheriff Mark Donaldson, Ector County authorities rarely need to resort to visual aids like this to get an investigation moving along.

"I can only remember us doing this once before, years ago," he told NewsWest 9.

"Not anytime since I've been Sheriff."

He said this investigation has been a challenge because the body had been burned and was already partially decomposed when it was discovered on June 29 by horseback riders in a field west of Damascus Avenue and 16th Street.

Officials speculated the decedent had already been dead for 1-3 weeks.

The cause of death was not able to be determined.

"Unfortunately, fingerprints were not good enough for us to run [through any identification system]," said Donaldson.

"Right now, this [clay torso] is the best hope we have to get this person identified so we can continue the investigation."

The remains are believed to be those of a Hispanic male, between the ages of 40 and 60, approximately 5' 10" and 180 pounds.

The Sheriff's Office is awaiting confirmation from DNA test results.

In the meantime, they are working to distribute images of the clay reconstruction to law enforcement agencies nationwide.

"[The success of this investigation] depends on how far and wide this gets distributed," said Donaldson.

"The face might match something in a missing persons database somewhere else."

Anybody with information is encouraged to contact the Sheriff's Office at (432) 355-3050.

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