Tyler (Fox 51) — Authorities are currently working to connect a body found in Shreveport, Louisiana, to human remains found in Smith County last week.
Smith County detectives learned Sunday morning, a body had been recovered from Cross lake in Shreveport. Officials first believed the victim died of a boat propeller incident.
Smith County authorities then contacted the Caddo Parish Coroner's Office on Tuesday and forwarded a photograph of the potential victim, whom is suspected to be from Parker County, Texas, which is located west of Ft. Worth. The coroner made a tentative identification by facial recognition alone, however, no positive identification has been made at this time.
Due to the circumstances, no identification will be released until dental records and DNA confirm the victim's identity.
The human remains were first discovered by Smith County deputies on CR 371 at around 7:30 a.m. on Friday, May 23. A burned vehicle was also recovered about 12 hours later off Lavender Rd. north of Interstate 20, which was believed to belong to the victim.
Last Friday, Sheriff Larry Smith reported he believed there would be at least three separate crime scenes. This information was derived from the evidence Sheriff Smith and detectives observed at the original scene on County Rd. 371. That scene was obviously a scene at which the perpetrators discarded valuable evidence obviously subsequent to cleaning up the original homicide scene. Evidence was recovered from that scene which strongly indicates this original homicide occurred within a motel room or residential type structure.
Other electronic information is being utilized to track the path of the victim since last Thursday, the day prior to the homicide. The Smith County Sheriff’s Office requested assistance from the Texas Rangers this past Friday due to numerous jurisdictions being involved. The use of the Texas Rangers, whom have statewide jurisdiction, is of tremendous value in the collection of evidence from the multiple counties involved in this investigation.
Prior to the discovery on County Rd. 371 this past Friday, no law enforcement entity even knew a homicide had occurred.
"This investigation is going to require a concerted effort among multiple law enforcement jurisdictions working closely together to bring it to a successful conclusion,” said Sheriff Smith.
Should any citizen or law enforcement agency have any information that may be beneficial to this investigation, they are asked to call the Smith County Sheriff’s Office at (903) 566-6600 and provide their contact number as well as the information be forwarded immediately to Smith County Sheriff’s Office Detective Sergeant Clint Benson.