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Human remains found in Longview ditch

By Robyn Claridy rclaridy@news-journal.com
Dec. 21, 2011 at 10 p.m.


A human skeleton was found late Wednesday afternoon in a creek bottom off Sabine Street by a Longview construction worker and his 6-year-old son.

Mario Nola said he and his son were looking at minnows in the Sabine Street creek around 3:30 p.m. when he saw the bones.

"I told my son to look away, but he saw," Nola said.

Nola's boss, Kaleb Hall, said he and another guy were working on a sewer line in the area when Nola found the bones.

"He said 'Come over here, I think there's a dead body,' " Hall said. "I picked up my phone and called 911, and just as they picked up the phone, a cop drove by."

Hall said once he told the officer they had found a dead body in the creek, the officer told them to back away and the officer secured the scene.

Justice of the Peace Arthur Fort was called to officially pronounce the remains, which he said were human, at the scene at 4:42 p.m.

Fort said he thought the bones had been there for several weeks, and he was unsure of a cause of death.

According to a photo taken by Hall, the bones appeared to be in tact and possibly charred.

Police spokeswoman Kristie Brian said officers were investigating the death.

Fort said the remains were sent to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner to determine the victim's identity and cause of death.

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