Remains found in brush believed to be from one person.
Austin police say they have begun an investigation to determine the identity of a person whose remains were found this week in a wooded area in Southeast Austin.
Police say they have begun an investigation to determine the identity of a person whose remains were found this week in a wooded area in Southeast Austin.
A crew of construction workers came across what was later confirmed to be a human bone while they surveyed a private property about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 7100 block of East Riverside Drive near Ben White Boulevard.
Search-and-rescue teams combed through the 9-acre tract Wednesday and found more remains in the brush, said Austin police Sgt. Scott Ehlert of the homicide unit.
All of the bones are believed to be from one person, police said. They have been collected and delivered to the Travis County medical examiner’s office, where an autopsy will be performed Thursday. The autopsy could shed light on the cause of death and age of the bones, police said.
The property owners are cooperating with the investigation and are not believed to be involved, police said.
Ehlert said detectives will be scouring through unsolved homicide and missing persons cases to start the identification process. Investigators also will be looking for a DNA and dental records match.
“At this point we do not have the age, race or sex of the person, and we don’t really have anything at this point to determine what caused the death,” he said Wednesday at a news conference. “We have a long way to go.”