Preliminary autopsy results revealed for body found along I-20

July 30, 2012

Sweetwater Police Detectives Melinda Moncada and Lance Richburg, along with Texas Ranger Philip Vandygriff, gather evidence along Interstate 20 where a body was found late Thursday morning. Photos by Melissa Winslow

According to Sweetwater Chief of Police Brian Frieda, preliminary results on the body found along Interstate 20 on Thursday appear to be that of a "mature adult male."
Chief Frieda stated that the remains have been sent to an anthropologist at the University of North Texas. "The anthropologist will begin to try to figure out how long the body had been in out there in the median and will try to determine a cause of death. DNA samples will also be taken and put into various databases to try to determine the man's identity."
At 11:15 a.m. on Thursday, July 26, 2012, the Sweetwater Police Department received a call from Texas Department of Transportation contracted workers about a body they found while cleaning along Interstate 20. The body was in the median near mile marker 242.
Chief Frieda stated that before their arrival, the police department contacted the Texas Rangers about the body found and Ranger Philip Vandygriff was sent to lead the team in the collection of evidence and photographing the scene.
"The body was in a severe state of decomposition," stated Chief Frieda. "The age, gender, race or cause of death were not able to be determined on scene due to the state the body was in.

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